The Red-Tailed Hawk Becoming
The contemporary writer David Jarecki, whom I’ve had the good fortune to befriend, recently stated in an email, “…enough with the photography for a while, for damn sakes! Get back to the painting, where the real action’s at!” Or something like this.
Anyhow, late Sunday night I went to the garage/studio and dug out a painting I’ve been meaning to finish for almost 2 years, and in a single sitting I finished it. I never had to original proportions of the hawk correct; I was minutes from taking a sander to the piece and starting over with a clean slate when I picked up a brush and decided I would extend the left-side wing to correct the proportion and see how that looked. And the heavens opened up, I got it correct, and thought, “How am I going to match the original oil paint colors? I don’t remember what I used.” I was terrified; then I realized that any decent viewer would be able to paint the rest him or herself; so I present a piece that is ”challenging as it stands but ultimately finished.” Consider the title when viewing.