This is one of two paintings going down to the Sears Dixie Invitational in St. George, UT. I used my Dad as a model and "inspiration" for this painting. I don't think I've ever really used that phrase before, but in this case, it really is more or less a portrait of him as I think he would have been 100 years ago. Not only by the fact that he has always been our literal caretaker, but I think if he lived somewhere around 1900, this is something he would be doing - taking his lamp out to start working before the sun came up and then taking a break from his simple breakfast to study his scriptures in a quiet place. Thanks for all you do, Dad! Love you!
This is a painting that I've been planning and working on for a long time that has involved several interesting challenges for me. Aside from the fact that I've never painted a biblical interior before, the low angle, overall subtle dark lighting with both warm and cool light sources and shadows has been been a fun learning experience. The layout and drawing has changed several times and will continue to change a bit as I paint along with the overall values and color temperatures. It's been a slow process of working in one area for a little bit and then moving around into other areas to try and tie it all together. It's always tempting to jump into certain detailed areas too soon.