Thomas Blackshear’s work is bold, with a glorious sense of design and color.
His classic American influences include many of my own (Klimt, Wyeth, et al.), but his work transcends those influences time and again.
And his portrayals of non-white subjects make one wonder why we see so few such portrayals from other painters….
This portrait of my beautiful Scrabble-partner Saamanta is a kind of happy accident.
It’s not the final version that will appear in the mystery project I’ve been working on – but it’s become its own sort of finished piece.
While that’s never really happened before, as I move into this new (to me) technique of working up large pencils and then painting, perhaps such accidents will happen more often….