Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Turn on the Way Back Machine!

Yesterday, after posting for the first time in a while, Wally suggested "posting older stuff more often" when I am having trouble keeping the blog fresh with new artwork.

I asked in a comment if people thought that was OK. I got a posative response.

Well I came home tonight and primed a canvas, but that doesn't leave me with anything to post tonight. So we're turning on the Way-Back machine and traveling to the year 1983. All the way back to my years at Ringling School of Art & Design. The assignment was a classic - pick a master work you like and make a copy. Here's mine, a painting by Rhembrandt. Too bad I can't remember which one I copied it's been so long.

Here's a cool tidbit - I was dating my wife at the time and when I showed this to her she looked at it for about 30 long seconds and turned to me and said, "It's really good, but you cheated on the chain across his chest." That's when I knew I ahd to marry her. She was right. I was running out of time to turn in the assignment and when I started painting that chain I stopped really 'looking' at what I was painting and it showed. Take a second look, it shows. And I thought here was a woman who wasn't a painter but could point that out? Well, I just had to marry her.

But what a hoot, huh? This guy is so plastic he could be a Ken doll! It is amazing to me how much we learn and grow as we get older. Here's the latest oil portrait I have completed (which some of you have already seen):

I'm starting a portrait of my daughter and hope to take you all along for the ride. Check in for more.


Sparky said...

A very interesting post. Thanks! Good thing it wasn't a guy who commented about the chain, huh?

Dr. Research said...

I am so impressed. (Not that I wasn't before. Just hadn't seen much.) Isn't it funny how our wives can see right to the bottom of us?

Karen Winters said...

I'm glad to see you posting again. The lighting in these is wonderful. Send more!

Carolyn said...

Very cool Chuck!
I like Wally's idea, and I can't wait to see the progress on the painting of your daughter!

Laura said...

You old show off, you! You're pretty damned good, aren't ya?
Well, get off your --ahem--- laurels and paint some more.

Chuck Rose said...

yes ma'am!