Monday, September 26, 2011
I first heard about the amazing guitarist Jorma Kaukonen when a friend in college introduced me to the music of Hot Tuna. Jorma is one of those rare guitarists who can decimate your ear drums with a vicious wah-wah solo, then turn around and break your heart with a tender love song. He is universally recognized as one of the best finger style guitarists in the world, and rightly so. I enjoy both his electric performances and his acoustic ones.
This is an unfinished portrait of Jorma. I took it to a point where I thought it should be, and let it go. The reference photo was from Hot Tuna's last record (at the time) appropriately called "Final Vinyl". I painted it in college, found my original attempt a while back, and sorta went "ugh"! So I tried again, and I feel this is a more relaxed attempt.