Saturday, February 10, 2007

Old Man by the River

The second time I tried to paint him, I couldn't. Maybe I need new paint. I carry my paint in a large yellow home depot tool box. Maybe I need a new tool box. Or perhaps its the surface. Yes, the surface is all wrong. I need a new surface to paint his portrait. The photo reference is old and the detail was lacking. I should fly back to Quebec and take another photo. I will need a new camera to really capture his essence. I will also need to wait for a sunny day in March—so that the lighting will be exactly as it was. I will need 6 feet of snow on the ground, deep enough that it nearly buries the parking meters in the nearby parking lot. The St. Lawrence River will need to be partially frozen as well. The ambiance must be perfect. I will wait for everything to be perfect and then I will try a third time.

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