22" x 22", watercolour, 2000
Not only is this my fourth anniversary of blogging about my artwork, this is also post #300. I started this all back in 2008 by posting Stojan Fixing the Mower, and for this personal celebration I wanted to revisit it with a larger image and some close-up details for your perusal.
Highlights are key.
Leveraging the crux of the painting.
The above detail is really what this painting is all about: my dad fixing machines. He can figure out just about anything mechanical and, if it needs repairing, it's a safe bet he can handle it, but good. I've always been impressed by this and that's why this will always be the best portrait of my father, no matter how many times or ways I paint him (like here, here, or here).
Also, it was the "energy" of this painting which inspired art director extraordinaire Cathy Solarana to choose me to work on Union Pacific's celebration of Abe Lincoln's Bicentennial, a very fun and rewarding project to work on.