|L. S. Eldridge|
L. S. Eldridge
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Notes from the Deckle Edge
A beautiful day and I intend to paint all afternoon! Have been working on my tractors and am happy with it so far. Detail takes a lot of time, but is worth the effort if that is the look you are going after. Sometimes, very little detail appeals to me. I might try this both ways. We'll see. I have a bridge painting in mind next. But I also want to continue with my paintings of the museum construction site. I have three of those completed so far. The construction crew I had scanned last week. I fixed some problems on "Coppering the Roof at Crystal Bridges" and will take that back to be rescanned. It had some value problems that I have now resolved. I guess I had better stop looking at it or I will always find something to change. Artist's lament. The gentleman with red/white/blue hard hat will be my next subject - just too much fun. And he kind of slouches, which he would hate I am sure, but I love it.
I should count the painting of the gentleman I met at the overlook titled Old-School Gentleman as part of that series of paintings. He probably doesn't like his wrinkles, but it was what made him beautiful and interesting to me. I approached him and told him I thought his face was amazing and asked if I could paint him. He was a little skeptical at first, but after talking for a few minutes he consented, and I took one photo. It has been over a year since I met him there at the Crystal Bridges overlook, but I believe his name was Mr. Beck. 91 years old at the time, and a WW2 veteran. He had been a pilot in China. Had a son that had been interested in art at one time. A charming gentleman, I enjoyed him very much. Alice Walton and the new director of the museum were there at the same time. But to my eye, he was a standout. I hope I will see him again so I can show him the painting. Thanks for stopping by.
"On the first day of spring I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy and my spirits soar." - Helen Hayes
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