Thanks Brian for pointing this article out to me.

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  1. Chris says:

    I know someone who knows someone who knows that artist!

  2. Fernando says:

    He looks much better in the portrait. He was so skinny he looked sick. I know he was afraid of getting fat but come on …

  3. Elise says:

    Is there a clearer copy of the first picture around?

    Thank you for sharing this!

  4. Tammy says:

    Hi Elise, i’ve never seen one, in fact this is the first and only time i’ve seen this photo, i never knew one had been taken.

  5. lizzie says:

    lovely story, thanks for posting. it made me feel good to know he was so happy with the way his life was at the time.

  6. Brian says:

    COOL! Glad you could rescue something half-decent from that old newspaper scan.

    I guess those original photos must be with the artist… would love to see better quality versions.

    Also like a good look at the painting itself, the only close-up I’ve seen was on a TV documentary years ago. (Now where’s that tape….)

  7. AuroraSkye says:

    Thanks for posting that neat article! I am happy for the artist and for John but I admit that I am also jealous (because I am an artist/painter too -=- What I would give to have been commissioned by John or George to paint them! WOWOWOWOWOW!) I bet she wishes she’d gone swimming with them now. I MISS Johnny (and George) sooo much!!!!

    I am sooo glad he was happy, though I sure wish it could have lasted a longer time!

  8. p.s. says:

    wow thanks for posting this. Fascinating to learn that John had such deep self reflection on his past, and glad he was so happy and liked himself by 1980. I also get the feeling from the article he was proud and happy about his Beatles past. The Playboy interview, when he dissed many of his own Beatle songs, must have been on a bad day. Im now happier knowing he was proud of his legacy.

  9. Jennifer says:

    Thank you very much for posting these. : )

  10. Chris says:

    When it comes to John being so thin, I wonder, could the rumors after his death written in the NY Post have been true? Was he indeed doing heroin again up until his death? The reason I bring this morbid question up is, I find it almost impossible for any 40 year old man to be that thin without taking something. I know that heroin will keep wait off of people.

  11. Tammy says:

    Nup, not drugs, not some much as ansprin was found in John’s body after his autopsy (Brrrr, how clinical that sounds) he was by and large macrobiotic, with some junk food lapses, but i’m sure it was diet based.

  12. A different Jennifer says:

    I always think it’s darling how John and Sean were with each other. You can see it in the pictures, the videos, and the audio recordings. And anyone who encountered them just saw how they connected. If John had lived, I personally feel he would have had an outstanding relationship with BOTH his sons these days. It’s such a tragedy and heartbreaking, but I’m so glad he was in such a positive, peaceful state in his last years.

  13. Brian says:

    Little clip here showing the painting on the wall in the Dakota

  14. Sara S. says:

    Not sure if anyone will see this comment, but the photo of John and the artist along with a photo of John and Sean the day of the painting is in large beautiful color in the new “John in Bermuda” book.

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