Sunday, February 20, 2011
I was finally able to go to the portrait drawing group Friday morning. This was the first time I have driven a car since Dec. 6! It was a strange feeling being behind the wheel again.
Our model for this Friday was a retired Navy officer (sorry, I forgot his rank) named Doug. He was a delightful person, humble and soft spoken. Doug served two tours in Viet Nam, as well as later tours in other offensive actions. To me, he is a hero. It was a real honor to be able to try to paint this gentle man.
As we talked during the breaks in the portrait session, I learned that Doug was a long distance runner, and we found that we have a good friend in common. It always amazes me how these kind of connections appear out of nowhere.
I am mostly pleased with how this portrait turned out - this is about 2 hours of painting time.