Friday, March 30, 2012

Strings...connectedness...heartstrings...an oil portrait of Nate

Strings   oil/canvas  30 x 40 x 1.5
Our lives are full of connectedness, those strings which lead to others, those strings that tug at our hearts.  Strings is a work that seemed nearly effortless, due, I believe, to my emotional connection to the guitarist, my son.  A fairly detailed sketch helped to provide a map for what I hoped to achieve....at this point I am concerned only with values and their movement throughout the work.  My color notations included:  violet, green and yellow.  This hues would help to support the moody feel of my perceptions.  I love the implied motion of the guitarist's right hand.  For me, this amount of indication is right on target.  Sometimes, for me, continued rendering leads to a tightness that becomes just too self-contained and seems to lose its service as a pathway to other areas of the work.  I am quite satisfied.  I am quite happy.

Strings.  Happy Birthday Nate.

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