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Friday, September 18, 2009

Happy Hour - Labor Series

Happy Hour   pastel/paper   19 x 12
"Happy Hour" was done from a live model in pastel on toned paper. John, the model, is an amazing guy and his look was right for what I needed. I wanted the feel of a guy who celebrates the end of the work week with a can of beer....none of this fancy imported stuff but more likely a can of high-powered Milwaukee Ice. In actuality, John is a Pepsi freak, but that worked just fine. I like using the paper itself, in this case a darker blue, as the dark value masses of what I am seeing. I like the surface being incorporated into the picture. I like this work. Pastel can be very immediate. When I look at it now, I see that I threw caution to the wind that day. I drew recklessly. And I like that. Maybe it was Friday.

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