Another in my series of Hopper inspired paintings, a woman looks out over a golden field with a thick green forest at its edge. Figures walk in a line towards the dark woods.
The pianist is our friend Husan, who is an opera voice couch. She has a sound proof room so in addition to seeing her on stage we also have sat in her small room while an opera singer flooded us with the fabulous voice of a trained singer.
“Nice perspective and contrast in that piece, they all look good, but that has “pop!””
“These works are truly astounding. I can appreciate, even though I am not creative on my own to depict dancers atop a violin or looking out the window of a purple house or project the feeling of actually being onstage with Husan.,, Keep sharing your work. It’s stunning.”
This painting is a combination of realism, in the walls, leaves and ocean with the expressionist figures whose bright colors combine with the lines of design to draw the eye to the game. The muse displays along with the clock (similar to my grandfather’s) on the shelf.
Mahjong is game invented in the Qing dynasty (1635-1912) in China. It is now played world wide. There are usually four players. It is similar to the Western card game rummy. There are 144 tiles marked with Chinese characters and symbols.
For years we danced with various International Folk Dance groups in the US, France and Spain. Here they dance to the violin.
This one has a ton of movement. I did the hands/fingers two ways. I think that adds interest, variety. It looks great on our wall here. Lots of color. The violin shines, which you can not see in the photo. the wooden part of the bow has three facets, hard to see in the photo.
She prepares for the day.
La Cevezeria Alhambra in Valencia is famous in Spain for its tortillas. It’s a tiny place that at the time of this painting was run by a couple who had been there 37 years. After they retired their children took over. Looking through the window we see 3 people in conversation. We can almost hear the words passing between them.
There are two exposures of the painting. All images appear differently on devices. This one in particular is more diverse than most.
Cafe Tortilla is about a bar famous in Spain for its tortillas (Spanish omelets). They make 5 or 6 varieties in their tiny kitchen. After 37 years the couple retired. He made the omelets and she served them with nary a smile. She did not have time to smile. The place was almost always packed. You had to catch her eye to order- she would glance at you for a second as she sort of kept track of who was next. You had to start talking right away or she was off.
We were there when a newspaper photographer shot the photo I used to create the painting. He stood outside as the three of us were talking.
When I can manage it, I have a model in my studio for 3 hours. For about half that time a few days ago I worked in acrylics on canvas, after first working in conte.
Gazing, With Affection. It keeps us going.
Some of my studies of masters and models, in conte and pen and ink, set to a song my Maurice Chevalier.