Monday, September 1, 2008

Portrait Power



Last week I finished a portrait of Giuseppe (that's it pictured above), our eccentric, 82-year-old Sicilian neighbor. I painted it over several short afternoon sessions, always depending on his ability to come and sit. Giuseppe, as energetic an octogenarian as I've ever seen, always has plenty of his own projects underway - all involved with restoring an old house that, a year ago, was little more than a ruin.

This is the first portrait painting I've attempted in nearly two years so, even though it could have been pushed further in some ways, I'm pleased with how it turned out. I mean, it looks a bit like Giuseppe...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, Ben! that looks exactly like Guiseppe!!
Love, mama

Anonymous said...

By the way, we all went up to the cottage yesterday, even though it is not finished. We stayed outside and just played in the water, etc. All of a sudden a huge flotilla came down the river....it was the Schafer clan. It seemed just like old times....except the families are three times the size now!! Denver said to tell you hello and that you have not answered his email. Mary said she is going to call Anna.
Mama

Anonymous said...

One more thing...tell Anna I canned 8 quarts of homemade tomato juice last night!! I have so many tomatoes in my garden I can't keep up with them.
Love, mama

Anonymous said...

One more thing...tell Anna I canned 8 quarts of homemade tomato juice last night!! I have so many tomatoes in my garden I can't keep up with them.
Love, mama

j'aime said...

i am so glad that you took his likeness! and put it in this wonderful portrait. he is a man truly deserving, if any can be such said to be, of the skills of an artist.
yours, cheers, &c.

Hummingbirder said...

Very realistic portrait! Great job!