Thursday, May 22, 2008

"Lounge Act"

6 x 6"
oil on masonite
sold

Today's my dad's birthday. I lost him years ago - truly the greatest man I had the pleasure of knowing, especially as his daughter. He died before I got my first Mac, he never knew the internet nor a digital camera - and he was an electronic wizard. A trained engineer. He'd absolutely flip out. So would my mom. She sold her paintings the old way - setting up a display in a show, sitting for hours and days. Wow. They would both just freak out. Happy Birthday Johnny.

This simple moment was taken from the lounge area of a Chicago hotel - as I passed by this gentleman, reading his newspaper while waiting on his ride - I instantly saw a painting in my head. Strong light, strong, rich colors - a composition so naturally ready for me to do that very thing.



9 comments:

Douglas Hoover said...

I'm sure you've heard it before, Karin, but you've captured that moment. And by just implying the detail without having to paint every detail. Awesome!

Dianne Mize said...

Karin, this piece has a really strong spatial division, and is a wonderful painting. I especially enjoy the placement and color of the hands and shoes, but the strength of the piece overall is simply grand..

Mona said...

I lost my father also and can relate to how you feel. Here's to your Dad and how proud he is of you anyway in spirit, watching it all unfold for you now.

n. rhodes harper said...

Karin, Your parents would be so proud of you. They really must have been amazing people to have raised such a great gal. Have a wonderful weekend as we all remember our loved ones. Beautiful work on this piece.

onpainting said...

The light on those hands is just lovely.

sandra flood said...

Wonderful little piece and a great tribute to your dad!

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

I love your painting, well done as is all your work!
I lost my father, too, just this month. He was an artist, my mentor, my friend. I know how you must miss your father, and I miss mine so much. Nice things you wrote. My best to you today in remembrance of your loved ones.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Lovely warm feeling to this.
My father has been gone for 17 years. He would have loved the internet as he was an avid reader and information
junkie. He was the first to encourage my art. I miss him.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

My father's birthday was May 21st :D