This is the last portrait of the visit with my father. We took him to the airport Friday. He’s a great model. Too bad he’s so far away. We miss you, Dad!
It’s cloudy and cold so we set up indoors today. They keep growing in size. Too bad he’s leaving soon or we could work up to 6 feet.
My father sat for me again in a dark green turtleneck. I sent my brother the image from the last post and this one and he said they captured different sides of him. I think the next ones will have to be indoor lighting as rain is pretty much guaranteed for the next couple days.
My father turns out to be a terrific model. He didn’t move the entire time I was working on this. I may have to keep him here. Maybe overly optimistic naming this “One” when it is threatening to rain here soon. It’s sunny today, but I have to leave for work soon. I’m definitely going to try to capture him again before he heads home.
This was done the day after Thanksgiving. It was a beautiful day, so peaceful…such a quiet day on a quiet street in LA. We hardly saw any people besides an older couple the male partner of which was named Bert too. The thing I felt most was just this deep sense of peace and I hope some of that made its way into this piece (ha!).
We went to see Big Hero on Thanksgiving morning. I didn’t really want to go but B had free tix. Hardly anyone in the theater in Beverly Hills. It was very well done and got us both crying. Then we raced off so I could sneak in a quick painting en plein air before the light left. I’m wowed by the deciduous trees around here now. This was very satisfying. And then we went home and made our feast for two.
Hadn’t painted in over a week…I guess I just needed a break…and maybe I was starting (subconsciously) to feel down because of lack of sales and a show rejection that I hadn’t seen coming, etc., lack of response to the last piece I posted that I had actually spent more time on (and used brushes with). But I just hit a home run with sales as of yesterday…so it was time to dip back in the waters…and the water was fine.
I spied this set up from the other room–a counter top shelf in my kitchen area opening, with a medley of produce….and maybe I added something or other.
This was based on a request by a customer at one of my galleries who wanted the piece in a different format. I wouldn’t necessarily usually do this, but it seemed like a fun enough challenge. I used my other piece and the photo I took that day and I’m pleased with the result. Haven’t heard yet if it’s a sale, so for now, it’s still available.
I was contemplating creating another still life set up, but this accidental arrangement caught my eye so I went for round 3 of these players.