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.
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.
Today I have been working on this portrait of Ann Edwards, an ex-slave. The image was taken from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs online catalog. They have a treasure trove of photographs of ex-slaves from the Works Progress Administration. I have also pretty much completed the portrait of John Powell.
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.