Number One Son-in-Law

Dashing

 

 

Today our awesome son-in-law, Howard, celebrates his fiftieth birthday. A wonderful son, great husband and fantastic father, he is one of the best men I know—a real mensch!

I painted this for a birthday gift for him about ten years ago, when he bought a Defender for himself for his fortieth birthday. Ten years later, I still think he’s dashing…

Number One Son-in-Law

Dashing

 

 

Today our awesome son-in-law, Howard, celebrates his fiftieth birthday. A wonderful son, great husband and fantastic father, he is one of the best men I know—a real mensch!

I painted this for a birthday gift for him about ten years ago, when he bought a Defender for himself for his fortieth birthday. Ten years later, I still think he’s dashing…

Ready for a Closeup

Closeup

When I finished painting Double Exposure, I went back to Whitney Browne to find a different view of the same woman, also a ghost image. She’s still in motion, starting to turn away from herself, and so bathed in color that I had to paint her again. Different from any portrait I’ve ever painted, the only colors I used for her flesh were violet, rose and white for her face, with the addition of red, orange and yellow for her arms, yet I still see “flesh” in her image. It occurs to me that using a palette of few colors is not so different from my work in black and white. Discovering things in each painting I do, I go to school on my own work and use what I learn on the next piece. Stay tuned… 

Ghost Images

Double Exposure

It’s almost two years since I first worked with Whitney Browne, and her photographs continue to move me. I’m particularly fascinated with her double exposures, allowing her subjects to be in two places at once. Since I love to paint movement, whether smoke in the air, jellyfish in the sea, or dancers on land, these images of hers speak to me. It’s a great challenge to suggest motion on a flat canvas and makes for many hours of both enjoyable and excruciating painting. Because the photos are not exactly realistic, I can paint the shapes and colors without allowing my brain to name them and miraculously end up with what I think is an interesting and unusual painting. 

Let’s Party!

Lasa Grey

Spa Day

Bliss

 

 

 

 

 

Today our beautiful granddaughter, Lasa, celebrates her third birthday. I’ve painted her three times in the last three years, but I’m sure I’m not done yet. Happy birthday, darling Lasa!