Photo by Ralph Selensky

Friday, October 1, 2010

Joe and Vernita are progressing


These two are coming along nicely. The cool weather snapped Joe and I into reality when we realized we didn't want to be outside painting in the snow, so we better get our butts in gear and wrap up this outdoor idea.  But the sun is shining on us again and easing our minds. We sit again today. I need to secure his hands and face more and then I'll feel more relaxed.

Vernita has changed her hair again, good lord. but she's so nice, I can't hold it against her too long.  I know the Lobby background isn't going to change at all so I'm much more relaxed about this one. It'll get done when it gets done. I finally feel comfortable with how her face is portrayed. I think she's a bit too sorrowful yet but that can always shift around, but it feels like her and it wasn't doing that before.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Clem -Update

Clem sure is coming along.  It's great painting him right out in the hallway outside the studio, we get a ton of visitors.  Clem and I are really getting our shtick  down.  Since we hear people saying the same thing to us as they walk by, we get used to it and have to mix things up. 

Here's an example:
Passer by: "Wow, that looks just like him." (meaning Clem)
Clem: "That's too bad."

Passer by: "How long has he been sitting for this?"
Clem: "20 hours"
Passer by: "Wow. That's a long time. Do you take breaks?"
Me: "No, I staple his clothes to the chair and insert a feeding tube, but he likes it."

And then we laugh to each other about  the silly things people say.  Clem always says, "Well of course it looks like me, that's the point."  And I know what he means, you get weary of hearing the same thing said to you about a painting even though I know what people mean to say. I can't help but to hear it differently as time goes on.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Latest Development of Clem's Painting


Couldn't paint Clem this week, but here is the progress so far. It's finally getting to the point where it's painting itself a bit - watch now that I say that, it'll fall apart.  

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

This is Clem, he works in security.  I paint him in the hallway in front of my studio.  We've put about 10 hours into it so far.  Clem is incredibly low-key and sits for me about once on week.  He's a very matter-of-fact guy and I'm happy to see that the painting has the same feel.