Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Cool Ghoul, second version. This was painted from my favorite photograph of Dick Von Hoene, aka Cincinnati's Cool Ghoul. The first time I painted this I was going by thirty year old memories, including watching his show Scream-In in black and white. Needless to say I got a few of the colors wrong. His hat had more red and white than green, and his eyes were hazel.

Usually when I do a second version of a painting it never quite looks as good as the first attempt. I think this one is an exception, but I'll leave that up to the viewer. I think I captured his "impishness" better and I'm glad I got the colors "right" this time.

This is 16"x20", oils on canvas board.

Haven't posted anything in a while. My mother passed away in March, and I found myself unable to paint. I thought this was totally irrational since she was always, and I mean always a supporter of my art. Maybe it was just the grief, and seeing the effects of her passing on other family members.

I did manage to paint this portrait of her from a high school graduation photo. Usually I remember details about painting a particular piece, but this one was done in a fog. I remember wanting to do it for my brother as a gift, but that's about all. Then came a nasty slide of three months where I just could not paint.

So I'm happy to present this tribute to her, and thank her for all she did for me as an artist. I still use the drawing board she bought me at a garage sale in the early 70's. Probably always will...