Saturday, February 7, 2015
This is an unfinished piece done in college, circa 1978. I was just beginning to understand how to work in oils, and this was done on a piece of canvas paper. I like parts of it and don't know why I never finished it.
Music has always been a huge part of my life. I rarely paint without it playing in the background. It just seems to be a natural way to react to the experience by capturing those who created it in oils.
I have been a fan of Laurel and Hardy since I was an early teenager. In the 70's the Nostalgia Craze hit, and people were once more recognizing the genius of folks like them, as well as the Marx Brothers, WC Fields, Charlie Chaplin, etc. Saturdays my dad would take me to a local school gymnasium where they showed films by all those mentioned above.
I've painted them before in college, but was really happy with the way this one turned out. I tried to keep it somewhat loose, a constant struggle for me, and maintain a decent likeness of the boys.
16"x20" oils on canvas board.