|King of The Castle|
As I was working on Henry today, I was reminded of the childhood notion that you were the king of the castle when you claimed ownership of a rock as soon as you sat or stood on it. I immediately liked the title for this painting of my great--or is it grand-- nephew Henry? No matter, he's coming along fine. I left the studio with two observations from my work: pencil doesn't cover that easily; I should take better care of my brushes. --And thinking about that as I write, one more: I must get some turpentine. As much as I hate the odor, it's better than mineral spirits for cleaning dried paint off brushes--and clothing. You're going to paint in oils, or you're going to paint in oils.
School starts Monday. I'm excited. I'm all packed and ready to go. For the reference, I am liking my son and grandson shaving--for the 24 x 36" linen canvas I bought. But then today, I'm thinking I don't have to use that canvas just because I bought it, I have others--like a cotton,15 x 45"--that would be perfect for Sunday Nap. Anyway I have all three reference photos ready and will take them along to see what the other kids have--not that it will matter. Jon and son are the perfect subject matter for the High Renaissance style technique. The photo tells a story in monochromatic color with lots of contrasts; precise drawing and glazed finish is apropos. I also like the humor in choosing a very modern subject to do the old world way. If it's not going to be fun...
|.Ellis' feet, the arm of the couch and the cocktail table will be removed.|