Saturday, January 26, 2008
16" x 20" oil on wooden panel. Sold the day after I finished it- one of my fastest sales ever! You either like this piece or you hate it I think. People who enjoy edgy wild stuff- and I do paint that way once in awhile- may not connect with the quiet solemn stare of this girl.
This is Rod who posed for our group last year and liked it so much he volunteered again. Either that or he is just really hard up for money. He dressed up as a Mountain Man this time wearing a Hudson Bay blanket. We might be freezing while we paint him but he is probably warm.
All I know is I have sold it already to a private collector who asked if she could buy it as soon as she saw it. I like it too. It;' a watercolor and I don't do too many watercolors but i have a cold this week and the turps really bother me when I am congested.
I had been thinking about Bob a lot lately. He passed away in 2002 and I still miss him. He was one of the first people who encouraged me to keep painting when I started in 2000. I painted this from a charcoal drawing I had completed from life of him shortly before he got really sick and a photo I took that day. He never met a stranger, and Bob Willingham was a spiritual leader in his church and an absolutely hilarious guy. He never complained and he never had a bad word to say about anyone.
This is Joe Paterno from a photo taken early in his career with Penn State. If I had to guess I would say he was about 50. I used an old black and white newspaper photo and made some changes while incorporating imagined color. I can't believe this guy is 80 years old and still able to coach. Lots of people have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning when they get to be that age, let alone holding down a demanding job.