Monday, October 9, 2017
I started this painting sometime last year. I wasn't happy with where I was at with it, and almost painted over it when I needed a canvas! I'm glad I reworked it because it's a much better painting now, and it was a lot of fun. I've been a fan of Laurel and Hardy for many years and always enjoy watching them, and painting them!
16"x20" oils on stretched canvas.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
I have my father to thank for introducing me to the Marx Brothers. When I was young he would take me to a local school where they showed classic comedy films by the Marx Brothers, WC Fields, Laurel and Hardy, etc. Give me that kind of comedy any day.
My older brother is a huge fan of Groucho and his siblings. I painted this as a gift for him.
16"x20" oils on canvas board.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
My second most painted subject is Bela Lugosi. His many characterizations made for some great promo shots. I saw this one and knew I would paint it sometime. I really resisted the urge to paint the background a solid blood red. I think the white makes the colors pop a bit more.
Bela Lugosi, 16"x20", oils on stretched canvas.
I have probably painted more portraits of Boris Karloff than any other subject. He is my favorite actor, and his radio appearances are always great to listen to. He definitely has one of the more interesting faces to paint. I tried using a looser painting style with this piece, focussing on planes and values, and then getting more brushwork into it. I am very pleased with how this one turned out.
Boris Karloff, 16"x20" on stretched canvas.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
I have been a fan of old time radio for many years. One of the highlights for me was the "feud" between Jack Benny and Fred Allen. Friends in real life, all it took was for one to make a disparaging remark about the other on his show, and you could guarantee a rebuttal on the other's show the following week. Great, fun stuff.
This was painted in oils on masonite, 16"x20".