Sunday, February 28, 2010

Black and white palette knife exercise

Oil with a palette knife on cradled artist board
10" x 10" x 1.5"
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Thanks to my friend Tim for letting me paint from this great photo of his parents. I think they look like they are stars on the set of an early television show, don't they? Perhaps Lucy and Ricky's other neighbors? 
I painted this in black and white because we were doing value studies in my weekly painting class and I thought this photo had a nice balance of all the values from light to dark. 

Tim had this to say about this picture of his parents:
"I love this photo. I found it in a box of photos my mom gave me a few years ago. No one had ever really seen it. My mom doesn't really remember where they were. It is now one of our favorites of my dad. I love their relaxed comfortable manner with each other, the setting, the clothes, the glasses. I remember that sweater so well. I also love that my dad looks like he has had a couple of drinks."


Unknown said...

When this image first came up on the page, before I'd read your posting, I just KNEW it was from Tim's family! Really nice!

Anonymous said...

How nice this came out, Ann! Hurray!

Tammy Hext said...

Outstanding painting Ann!!

Autumn Leaves said...

Wow, Ann! This is magnificent! When your idea for this series was first mentioned...Actually, when I saw some of your own old family photos rendered by your brilliant hands, I KNEW these were going to be fabulous. There is something so very sweet about nostalgia, isn't there? I have to say that my grandma had one of those pole lamps when I was young! Love that you painted this in black and white, just like the photo. It is amazing!

Jala Pfaff said...

Hi Ann and thank you for your blog visit! I really like this piece. The expression on the guy's face is so perfect. I also like your urbanscapes, very nice.
Yeah, our fuzzy family over here--they're a trip. :)

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