Saturday, April 9, 2011

The great stone face

Buster Keaton was a comedy star of the silent film era. I've been enjoying watching some of his clips on You Tube this week.

According to Wikipedia, he made his own hats. His famous pork pie hat is actually a Stetson with the top cut off and the brim stiffened with concentrated sugar water. Apparently he went through at least a half dozen per movie (his physical comedy was hard on hats). He and his third wife Eleanor made thousands during his long career.

This painting is the result of the last few evenings. I'm happy with it but as I mentioned to a friend, I'm ready to try some larger canvases -- especially when painting people. Trying to do facial detail with tiny brushes in a couple of square inches of space can be aggravating.

The great stone face
Oil on canvas
11" x 14"

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