Ringo Starr - Ringo Starr Paints On Tour

Ringo Starr paints to keep himself busy when he's touring.

The former Beatles drummer began creating artwork in 2005, drawing on his computer before graduating to brushes, and creates most of his pieces while on the road with his group, the All-Starr Band.

He told the New York Post newspaper: ''It's something to keep yourself occupied. I work four or five nights a week. I'm always traveling, always on the road, and this is more fulfilling than hanging around hotels all day. With so much down time, not knowing what to do with yourself, it's better to be creative.

''I began drawing in '05. I already had my computer. At first I just played around, sketching a few heads. Then I went further and decided to print them up.''

Ringo, 72, was then surprised when his teacher compared him to Dutch master Rembrandt, which made him take his artwork more seriously.

He added: ''I took some lessons, I was using acrylics. The teacher told me to try actual paint. He said, 'After all, Rembrandt didn't work in acrylics.' Imagine? Likening me to Rembrandt?

''But I figured I'd try paint. Now I sell what I turn out. Every penny goes to the Lotus Foundation.''

The foundation is a London-based organisation which funds family, child and animal welfare.

Ringo is currently exhibiting and selling his work at Pop International Galleries in New York, with hand-signed pieces retailing at $800, while smaller limited-edition posters are $20.

Ringo also released a book, 'Painting Is My Madness', in 2008.


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i have a 26 yr old daughter with cp,this is a hard life i feel alone in the world.i love her but getting paid throught the co. that gets paid from the state and maybe other funding,not enough.i dont think life like this is fare.i guess not knowing what pay ur getting next pay is madnes.things have to get better for,i love my daughter.i am a single mom,and raiseing my grandson to .i want to go back to work so i can make it on my own. i'm tired.good nite,paint me a picture thanks,,vivian
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