9X12 oil on canvas
In college I loved studying the art from the Baroque period with the dramatic contrast between light and dark and in general all the drama in the images. So dark and heavy, and a little scary. This portrait is a nod to that era.
Last summer my cousin saw the portraits I did of my sisters kids and she liked them so I told her that I would paint her children. They are really unique and beautiful kids. My cousin Heidi looks just like me, we both look like our grandfather (I didn’t discover that until I saw a picture of him from when he was in his 20’s), and Heidi’s husband is from South America or Central…sorry Mani, I alway mix up where you are from. So the kids have an awesome look. This painting with Atticus emerging from the dark is different than any I have ever done. Heidi’s a photographer and took a bunch of pictures of Atti and sent them all my way and I picked the one that I thought would make an interesting painting. She’s artsy so I knew I could do anything. I had this one photographed but black paint is hard to photograph without the glare.
Here is one of Caravaggio’s less scary paintings. I LOVE it. He is my favorite of the Italian Baroque artists.
And here’s a scary one