I've had a long time desire to paint Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party since the day I saw it in person about seven years ago. I tackled it once. It was much looser. And there was a crowd in the way. I was saner back then.
Now I'm zeroing in on Renoir's incredible attention to detail, seeing things I've never noticed before. Here's my slow progress...
I really should go dye some eggs.
I also wanted to mention Senator John McCain wrote an article in the New York Times today - about a recent obituary, the death of a U.S. soldier Delmer Berg. He was 100 years old.
The reason I bring this up? Picasso's painting Guernica, which I recently featured in my painting War Paint.
Mr. Berg was the last known veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. One of about 3,000 mostly-American volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War, in defense of the leftist government of Spain, against the Nationalists, led by Franco. I never knew about the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. It was part of the International Brigade, which included tens of thousands of foreign volunteers that fought against the bombings and destruction of many little hamlets in Spain. Guernica being one of them.
So coming to the aid of a foreign land and people, people that these volunteers never knew - is quite profound.
~ Happy Easter