Child's Work" - oil on canvas, of my son playing
with Lego's. This painting was "after" but is not a literal copy of a photo that I staged and lit, of my son playing
with toy dinosaurs. This one may be my most popular painting - or at
least one people bring up years later. A key is the undertone burnt umber painting of
the light on the floor, on top of which colors make the
rug real, and the many depth queues; vanishing lines,
reducing tile size, horizontal light bands, gradual
shadowing, and depth of focus ( I softened the background
to emphasize the visual focus on the foreground). I had
to study a book on perspective to figure out how to
properly diminish the tiles with distance.
This painting was
inspired by a visit to the National Gallery where I saw a Thomas Eakin
painting of a small boy playing with a ball. I figured I could do
something in a similar feeling.
won awards in my company art show as well an
inaugural city art show which gave me the ridiculous
title "Palm Bay Artist of the Millennium". There
can be only one.