When I arrived at 68 Jackson Street on Sunday morning, Renee invited me into her home to show me her father’s artwork.  She is the daughter of Tom Dunn, a well-respected illustrator who worked as a courtroom artist, illustrator/journalist during World War II, and a cover artist for Pocket Book Publishing among others.

Fish painted in reverse on glass

At the top of the stair hangs a breathtaking painting of a fish painted in reverse on glass.  On the walls of the dining room hang half a dozen framed, illustrated love letters written to Renee’s mother during World War II. Tom illustrated their courtship as well as his experiences as a soldier.  What treasures!

At one point in his career he was asked to paint a portrait of Liberace.  Without asking what the compensation might be, he proceeded to work on the portrait.  Hundreds of photographs and sketches produced dozens of paintings until he was satisfied with the portrait.  He called the agent to let him know the portrait was completed and to inform him of the price for the finished art.  The agent informed him that Liberace never pays for portraits …. the payment is the honor of being allowed to paint the portrait!  Bah!  I was happy to hear that Tom refused to give the portrait to Liberace.

Pink Hydrangea

After my tour, I set up in the backyard garden and painted several quick sketches of the various hydrangea blossoms before beginning  birdhouse painting that I posted yesterday.

Lacecap Hydrangea Blossom

The tiny spots revealed themselves after the painting dried.  I think this is a sign of mold.

Lacecap Hydrangea Blossom and Leaves

I enjoyed having several painting styles available for the garden visitors to view.  The variety appeared to stimulate more questions about art and techniques.

You can view the other two styles in my previous posts.

Paintings: drawn first with dip pen and ink, followed by watercolor.  Painted during the Keyport Garden Walk sponsored by the Keyport Garden Club in New Jersey.

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