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According to the caption, this picture of my grandmother was taken
at Jim and Fran's place in
Florida, in 1975. Nobody has any idea who the Neffs are.
I was digitizing snapshots in an old family photo album when I came
across this one and immediately knew I wanted to turn it into a painting.
It's wonderful the way that casual snapshots can be so very
artificial while at the same time seeming so very real, and do this
while unintentionally creating such interesting and dynamic compositions.
For about 10 years I had been making an effort to regularly attend
life drawing sessions and it's something I need to get back to doing.
Life drawing is an excellent way of developing skills regardless
of the style you work in and there's a special kind of magic in it when
you finally feel like you've done one well.
For this drawing, I used red verithin colored pencils and white pastel
on a light blue charcoal paper to suggest the combination
of warm and cool tones presented by our blond, fair-skinned model.
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
For many years, the open landscapes of the American West were the primary
inspiration for most of my paintings. Working from my own
photographs, I wanted the landscapes to appear as if they expanded
beyond the boundaries of the canvas in both space and time.
I also occasionally did abstract treatments, but only when
the image itself suggested it.