Since painting this picture of my nephew Asher, I’ve become increasingly interested in shadows and the light that creates them as the sun goes down. Maybe the pieces will also be a bit about the activities that happen at this time of day. I’ve been wanting to create a body of work that is cohesive so that if it’s shown in a gallery, the pieces will look more as though they are part of a whole. I’ve picked out a few possible references for my next paintings. Here are a couple that I’m considering. I hope this guy doesn’t mind that I’m going to paint him.
This one doesn’t show their faces, but instead is weirdly cropped. I’m more interested in the hands, and of course, the shadows. If you had to imagine what face this child is making (by the way, this is the torso of my nephew Asher with his Auntie Easten), what would you say? Is he happy? Grouchy? Tired?