Monday, July 23, 2007

"Daddy's Hands," 5x7, oil on gesso board


This is an old manual screwdriver/drill used by someone born about 100 years ago. He's been gone just a few years -- he lived to be 95 -- but he taught his kids and grandkids to be pretty handy. This tool shows wear, and I love that. The painting is a gift for one of his kids. Tricky composition, albeit interesting. The ellipse created by the swivel (?) was tough, and so were the shadows. And the woodgrain. But if you can see a shape and paint it on your surface, the painting grows. The trick is allowing yourself to see past your assumptions.

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