A nice photo is hard to resist - especially when it has something unique about it. In this case, the angle from slightly above, really sets it apart from the standard photo. Anyway, I asked her if I could use the photo as a reference and she graciously consented. I think I'm finished... 8 X 10 Prismacolor pencils on Bristol Vellum
Some time, shortly after the end of WW II, Joe Gofford, the father of a friend of mine, was on his way home. One of his ship mates captured this image of him sprawled out on the deck of a troop transport. Its a favorite picture of his daughter who posted it on line one day and indicted wistfully that she wished she had a sketch of it. The pose was so unique with his elongated posture showing off the soles of his shoes, that I decided to indulge her wish with this quick sketch.
This a continuation of the children with balloons series. It was spoken for almost before the paint dried. I struggled with what color to paint the balloons and finally decided not to go outside the palette I had already begun. 24" X 36" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
This is one of those old thoughts that niggles in the back of your mind until you just have to work on it. So today, that's just what I decided to do. I kept the palette very limited and just looked at the blocks of color. I'm pleased with the results. 20" X 20" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
On a very hot day in Panama I took an ox cart ride to the Ron Abuelo Rum distillery. I sun was not only hot but high in the sky. As we disembarked the carts this drivers face captured my attention and imagination. It was Carnival and most businesses were closed, including the distillery, but we were on a specially arranged visit and this man was one of three who hooked their oxen up to their carts and drove us to the distillery when he could just have easily stayed home and celebrated. By the way, 30 year old Rum is quite a treat.
A couple of weeks ago, on a trip to Panama, I was fortunate enough to visit a village of the Embera people. It was an enlightening opportunity. The people were friendly and welcoming. We were able to enjoy a delicious lunch with a local family. This amazing group are diligently working to keeping the native traditions alive while allowing small numbers of tourists to visit. They produce lovely handicrafts and live off the land and the adjoining river. This lady was a fine example of the beautiful faces I saw there.