I happened upon a street corner in Valencia where the idea of this painting occured to me. I modified the scene, chose my own lighting and color scheme and modified the architecture, and then placed the figure.
This is another in my series of Edward Hopper inspired pieces. I was born in the town where he was born and lived, Nyack, NY (1882-1967). His wife Josephine Nivison was also an artist. She contributed to his work as a model and as an artist.
Being The Ricardos skillfully portrays the life of this brilliant and hard working couple. It brings back fond memories for me and gives us a glance into the hard work that goes into acting and production. This is a graphite (pencil) portrait of Lucy in the late 1940’s. It was made using multiple layers of graphite, starting with an H2 pencil and ending with a 4B.
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 coach. 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.”