oil on linen, approx. 10" x 10", circa 2000.
oil on canvas, 2000.
The Past II
Here's another painting done in two sections that I found in the
closet, or rather the dregs of my harddrive. I had painted this while
living in Williamsburg, right across the hall from Tomer Hanuka.
Someone had posted a question about painting flesh, and this portrait
might indicate that you can hide all sorts of color in skin. The
trumpeter was painted from life under incandescent light. There are
many approaches to observational painting -- one approach is to try and
describe atmosphere and capture light, and the other is more like
alchemy, when you believe that you are creating flesh on canvas,
trasforming the paint into layers of blood, fat, and skin. In any case,
five years later, I'm still pleased with how the ear in the portrait
turned out . . . it just feels like rubbery cartilage.