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Two beginnings

Very different. The landscape reminds me that I hate to paint landscapes, while the portrait appeals to my interest in rebels. Notice that this Gibson Girl has a black eye, which I will be playing up in subsequent iterations.

From mug shot of Catherine O'Neill
From mug shot of Catherine O’Neill
Soutine-like
Soutine-like

 

Spring is here

and that means it is almost time for Shadfest. This is my painting for this year’s auction to help raise money for scholarships for aspiring young artists. The original photograph can be found on the Library of Congress site. A search on Shad at LOC’s prints and photographs division brings up many other images as well.

Shadfest entry
Shadfest entry

 

Exciting

A detail of my painting, Yale Varsity Line-up

These are exciting times for me. The William Way LGBTQ Community Center of Philadelphia featured one of my paintings on the cover of their June newsletter.

And…on May 20th, at the opening of the group show at William Way, it was announced that I won first prize, which is a solo exhibition at the Center. Look for that in January of 2012. Never one to procrastinate, I have begun some new paintings for the upcoming show. Using digitized photographs from the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/ I have completed a painting of one Frank Bryant, wearing a pretty funky costume, and am in the process of combining three other images to create a painting that is tentatively titled, Wrestlers with boys. These are detailed images and they take me a while to get the composition, color, and poses to express exactly what I want.