Wednesday, April 01, 2009

3rd Completed Commission: Family


Family
oil on canvas
24'' x 24"

Here is the third of four commissioned paintings headed to Chicago. The title/theme of this painting is, "family". I had come up with a number of ideas while contemplating this theme, but it was Karen's suggestion of using shoes that finally made the cut. It was an inspired idea. The "fathers" shoe, in back, was issued to me at Lackland Air Force Base on November 17, 1972. They were part of my dress blues, and I still wear them today as my dress shoes. The rest of the family came from the Goodwill. A great place to find props. I love the combination of the black, white and red. Now I'm into the final piece, titled Play. It's a complicated one, but if it works out like I hope, I think it will look pretty cool.


12 comments:

Pierre Raby said...

Brilliant, simple, fun and so poetical-I love the color combination too. Strong idea, Karen is a great muse!

This Painting Life said...

Such a descriptive image that says so much....this is what I love about the still life genre, the implication is there but you don't have to get hit over the head with it. I like this work very much :)

Darren Maurer said...

I'm speechless

rahina qh said...

wonderful subject and as always brilliantly executed... this one made me smile:) r.

William Hawkins said...

awesome!

James Neil Hollingsworth said...

Thanks Everybody - I really enjoyed painting these shoes, and I'm sure I'll revisit them in the future for the galleries. Neil

Terry Rafferty said...

Inspired, indeed! It says it all, without overdoing it.

Connie said...

An awesome concept and a lovely painting. Love that you are still wearing the shoes. I suppose you are not one to "give up on an article of clothing"...from Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

artbyakiko said...

Stunning! Great composition and colors. Perfect!

Paul said...

Nobody does it better!!!!!!!!
The subtlety of the reflect light in the shadows is gorgeous.

Bhavna said...

....and I thought it was a photo! Brilliant!

krystyna81 said...

amazing. I just adore it.