My friend from high school lives near San Fran and offered to put me up for the week I was there. She has 4 dogs, her dad, a roommate…and she offered me her bedroom and slept on the couch! So I had to do something special for her and decided to paint her Dad. They left Java in the 1960’s…he is deaf now, in his 80’s, loves to read all day. I really should have asked more questions about the history of both Java and her family….maybe next time.
For me it was an interesting challenge, of painting a back lit portrait, on a small canvas, cool light on the left, warm on the right. Someone compared it to a Bonnard self portrait. I looked them up (he did several) and I can see what he meant. That’s good enough for me.