In a previous post I mentioned my musician/artist friend John.
John and I took turns modeling for one another. He was strongly influenced by John Singer Sargent. I think Sargent would have been pleased with John’s paintings. I recall a life-size painting of his wife in the garden gathering flowers. The painting took my breath away. I hope he is still alive and well. I hope he is still painting.
During the late 70’s I did a great number of portraits. Then I stopped. I moved in a more experimental direction. In 2005 I began to get the urge to include hands, heads and feet on the abstract, thrown paint watercolor figures that I had become known for. I found I had become rusty at heads. Every head looked like me. Looking back at these older paintings is fueling the urge to return to studying facial expressions and character portraits.