Saturday, September 27, 2014

Waldo at the Bistro

Waldo at the Bistro
My newest oil painting. 12 x 16 on gesso board.  

     I don't usually like the job of coming up with titles for my paintings, but this title came all of a sudden and naturally.  
    When we were in Italy for my step-daughter Ashley's wedding, I took dozens and dozens of photos to use as reference material. There were a few times that my son intentionally photo bombed my images (much to my amusement) and several times that he ended up in my photos just because he's so darn tall and hard to miss.  When I started looking closely at some of my photos I found him in several reflections on glass etc. (guess he was always close to Mom - isn't that sweet?)  I was nearly finished with this painting and working on tiny details when I finally saw him there in the photo. I originally thought it was a coffee can with Juan Valdez or someone like that, but it was a mirrored surface behind the glass display. There was his handsome face, positioned perfectly. I couldn't not paint him! 

Below is a photo of him, many years ago with his grandparents, dressed as Waldo from the "Where's Waldo?" book series. See why the title was so easy?!

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