Monday, January 18, 2010
On a visit to Huntington Library, I saw this elderly man reading the paper. I was attracted to his white suit and red bow tie. After completing the painting I took it to my art clubs monthly meeting. We encourage members to bring recently completed paintings to share with the group each month. After the meeting a member came up and said he thought the person in the painting was a doctor friend of his. The next morning I received a call from a doctor who said, "I hear you did a painting of me, I'd like to see it." I scheduled a time to meet him at his office to show him the painting. The painting was a big hit with his co-workers. The only negative comment was that they wished I hadn't made him bald. I said I had a camera with me and if he was interested I could take his picture and reworked the painting to get more of a likeness. He was a nice gentleman and visited with me for a while. I came to find out his wife had been active in plein air painting and that he had an appreciation for art and was a collector. He asked if I was going to take his picture or not, so I did. After reworking the painting, I called to schedule a time for him to review the changes, he asked that I change the white shoes to brown before coming back, so I did. He was pleased with the final revisions and purchased the painting.
Read Paper, Red Bow Tie / Acrylic / 23"x29"
Had to wave goodbye to 'Wave Goodbye' which recently sold. While on a bike ride with a group of our friends and their kids, we stopped at a beach in San Pedro. Several of the kids in our group thought it would be fun to wade out to the breakers. They were surprised by the size of the waves crashing into the breaker. When I saw their reaction to the waves, I came up with the title for this painting, before it was painted.
This has been an award winner. 1st Place, San Gabriel Fine Arts Association; 3rd Place, Mid-Valley Art League; Juried into a Laguna Beach exhibition at Southern California Arts Association.
Wave Goodbye / Oil on Canvas Board / 9"x 12"