So I had the incredible urge to paint today, and inspiration… well, inspiration was lacking a bit. Funny how those two, urge and inspiration, rarely appear together for me. I fumbled around the office for a few minutes – the lunch hour was quickly slipping by – and I found this black-and-white photo I’d doctored up of a guy I work with, Michael. I enhanced it for contrast so that there wasn’t too much in the way of shades of grey. Anyway, I thought I could do that in under an hour in the ol’ Moleskine. My watercolor set doesn’t have black, so I went with the darkest color I had… brown. Hell, there may even be a technical name for it… OK, hold on, I’ll find out… “burnt umber”. Of course! Why shouldn’t I have known that?
So here it is, one simple, monochrome portrait of Michael. (He doesn’t even know I’ve done this… shhhh…)