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...