#300 - Man from the Black Sea

5"x 7" oil on masonite sold

"Didn't I tell you?
I am the ocean, you are a fish; do not go to the dry land,
it is me, who is your comforting body of water."

I don't really do portraits, at least not on purpose. I really just look for the right shapes of light, the colors and the patterns that they make. I like to think I'm equal opportunity when it comes to subjects. If the light is there, I'll paint it. I'm always just waiting for the light to show up. During an afternoon meeting, the light happened to fall just right on our department director. His name is Mike but I like to think of him as the man from the black sea.

Happy 300th painting to me. :)

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carol morgan carmichael said...

Love the way you sculpted the "man from the black sea's" face. Love all the shapes and colors.
Wow, two posts in one week. That's what I 'm talk'in about.

Anonymous said...

Happy 300th!
another beauty!

Heidi Malott said...

I agree with Carol. You "sculpted" the face, hands, etc. You conveyed the way the light hits each plane very well. The face is perfect, not overdone but says just enough. Leaving a bit of mystery.

Hey, Happy 300 Jeff! Right On :D

Liza Hirst said...

Dito! I very much like your sytle, Jeff - just the essential in beautiful colours. The three lamps in this one add so much space - perfect!

Cathleen Rehfeld said...

hey jeff - love love love what you have been doing lately. you are really getting the light and glow in the paintings! I liked what you said on my blog about "delivering" that's a good way to put it. I think your brushstrokes are definitely delivering.

Virginia Floyd said...

This is a great composition, with the background adding great interest to the painting.

Did I tell you already how much I enjoyed reading your "What I've Learned"? Those voices in my head keep telling me how amateurish and poor my paintings are. Reading what you wrote made me realize I just need to tell them to shut up, and to keep on painting. Thanks!

Sheila Vaughan said...

How did I miss this one? For me it's the green, brown, grey to the left background with those 3 lights at the top. Wow, pretty cool, Jeff!

Ranita Azul said...

A través del blog de Ross he pasado y me encanta tu pintura, trazo seguro, forma equilibrada, color exacto, luz y sombra hacen su complemento perfecto.

Saludos cordiales. Elisa

*Cuando veo algo así, admiro y me digo, tengo que volver , debo volver a mis pinceles, porque hago muy poco con todo lo que aprendí y sé, aunque de las técnicas modernas no esté al tanto, pero no importa, la base del dibujo y todo lo que se relaciona con la pintura clásica lo tengo y ya soy mayor, oh, qué tristeza, nunca tuve un sitio adecuado para no molestar a nadie con el olor de las resinas y de los óleos, siempre molestaba hasta que me entro aburrimiento por esa incomprensión.

Jala Pfaff said...

Great painting.