I know, the hand beneath the beard is awkward. I have had someone ask me what is growing from his neck, but I still like this image with the hand. Maybe I will change it in a few days, but for now, the hand stays. (Or whatever that is growing out of his neck)
After hearing Lombard speak so movingly about his mother, Posy Lombard, a civil rights activist, I knew I had to paint his portrait.
In early January of 2016 I saw a wonderful exhibition of paintings and drawings at the Frick Collection in New York. The exhibit was Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance workshop in action and the beautiful book with the same title is where I found some tragically prescient drawings by the master, one of which I have included in this post. I have been working on the painting based off of these drawings for a few weeks, on and off, and with much stumbling. But it seems to be coming together.