Hang in Charcoal

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Size: W. 12" X H. 16"
Date: August 21, 2013

I am a fan of San Francisco artist Zhaoming Wu. He is an amazing figurative artist that can turn out amazing and intriguing figures at the twixt of a brush. Of course, the model has a lot to do with the mystery of the image. Mona Lisa was as much Mona Lisa as it was Leonardo da Vinci. Hang only had two or three pictures of herself but she looked young, fresh and innocent. I think she was younger in this picture than the first one I did. I like the raw, ethnic feel of her portrait.


Hang (Moon)

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Hang Moon

Size: W. 12" X H. 19"
Date: August 20, 2013

I suddenly had a new friend on Facebook and didn’t know who she was, so one day I saw her on "FB Chat" and asked if she spoke English and how we became acquainted. She didn’t know for sure but told me that she like the US and English so slowly I have become a sort of friend to this Vietnamese girl. In trying to figure out if I knew her I looked at the two profile pictures that she had posted. One was quite ordinary but another (this one) seemed to suggest a good drawing. This morning I gave it a try and I like it. This is only my third ever pastel portrait. Maybe I will prove to have a knack for the medium.

Syd…My Wife’s Mother

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Syd Batch 2 CropOil on Canvas

Size:  W. 20″ X H. 16″

Date:  August 14, 2013

As her bothers did, I always called her “Syd”, but her real name was Sylvia Faye (Pope) Brown.  In 2006 I was in Lawrence, Kansas where she lived near her son, John Gary Brown. While at his house and waiting for lunch to be put out on the table, I simply said, “Syd, look here, I want to take your picture,” and in a split second I had her personality. I had always wanted to paint her and finally got around to it just in the last two weeks, three years after she passed away here in Charlotte.

Although untrained in anything pertaining to art, she always had an eye for it and I would frequently ask her opinion. Undoubtedly she would have something to say about this one. I think she’d say, “I think you got me alright but you could’a done better if you would’a…” and she’d be mostly right.

I have just started oil painting again. After forty years, this is my second portrait and I think a substantial improvement over the first one. Sometimes I would like to do a classic like Van Dyke might do but I don’t have the skills or patience. I have kept this one contemporary in style. The one thing for sure, it is Syd and she could get up from the chair and walk off of the canvas.