07 April 2014

Working on the Next Portrait, "Joe"

It has taken over 10 years for me to work up the courage to attempt this portrait! One of the last photos taken of my dad before he passed away in 2000, and one of my favorite images:

Joseph P. O'Brien 1939-2000
Photo by Patrick O'Brien

My mom and each of us 4 "kids" have this particular photo hanging in our homes.  It's just such a perfect representation of my dad.  From the loving smile and the scarf he always wore, to the rolled up sleeves and coffee mug.

So you can see why this is particular composition is very personal and dear to me, and the members of my family.  Which is probably why I have always "chickened out" of starting it before.

However, this is "The Year of Stepping Outside Comfort Zones!" Okay I just made that up, but let's go with it.  As Hippocrates reminds us: Ars longa, vita brevis (Art is long, life is short).

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"Joe", pencil sketch by K.Themel, 2014

1 comment:

  1. I look forward to watching Joe emerge from your fabric! It's a lovely photo - your Dad looked like a very kind fellow!


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