Ronnie Wood reveals how he and Keith Richards have been cheering up Mick Jagger following his heart surgery
Ronnie Wood has told how he and bandmate Keith Richards are helping cheer up the band’s frontman Mick Jagger as he recovers from heart surgery. Speaking exclusively to HELLO!, the well-loved rocker reveals: “Sally and I went on a break to the Caribbean with Keith and (his wife) Patti and sent him videos of us playing and singing get well songs on the guitar.” Adds Ronnie: “That cracked him up. We’re all so pleased that he’s doing well.”
Since the legendary band postponed their nine-week No Filter world tour due to Mick’s surgery, Ronnie has been channelling his creative energy into painting five Picasso-inspired masterpieces, which pay tribute to the world famous rockers. And they’ve certainly brought a smile to Mick’s face as he recovers. “He was amused and impressed!,” Ronnie tells HELLO!, adding: “He is doing really well. I spoke to him yesterday and he’s feeling great.”(source here)
The purple front door opens straight into a cosy hall-cum-lounge that doubles as a mini shrine to his art influences. Frida Kahlo cushions fill a small sofa and a bookcase displays tomes on Rembrandt, Goya and Picasso. (source the Guardian)
The house is surprisingly small, with the hall and dining room all that’s left of the original interior. “The house was falling apart, so I had to gut it and knock the back down,” Wood explains. “The most stressful part was getting planning permission for the big extension at the rear to build on my art studio. I was told I must have special wind-proofing iron girders because of the wind round here. But the wind isn’t different to anywhere else! It took a lot of extra time and money. Yeah, I did get pissed off.”
The studio evolved with the clarity I gained from sobering up over the last few years,” Wood explains. “When I bought it I didn’t have a vision of how it would turn out, but as I started work I got a little bit more clarity every day. I just left it to a higher power and thought I’d see where it took me. If I hadn’t got clean, none of this would have happened. In the past it was much easier to get high than to do
Recently the Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has unveiled a series of new paintings, including a Picasso-inspired picture that honours his band.
Entitled ‘Abstract Stones’, which you can view below, the painting is one of five different works of art Wood is selling online as hand-signed prints from tomorrow (April 26).- Source: NME
“I call it The Picasso Stones. It’s my interpretation of Picasso’s painting The Three Dancers,” Wood said. “Looking at the original, I was inspired to do my own take featuring the boys. I did a few versions and each one was slightly different and more honed than the last.
“I had great fun doing it. Picasso did his own take on a lot of artists but I bet he never thought no one would ever do a take on him. I hope and think he’d be flattered, but also a bit shocked and pleasantly surprised at my take on his work.”
Wood has also painted a set of his own personal interpretations of classic Stones tour posters: Bridges to Babylon, Urban Jungle and Voodoo Lounge. For more information, head to Ronnie Wood’s official site here.