A recently completed portrait of Beethoven as a young man. The painting was commissioned by Ron Maltais, the Music Director here at UWC-USA, in exchange for piano lessons for my son, Broadus. I worked from a photo of an old oil painting Ron gave me as a reference. The image I produced felt too stark but when I aged and sanded the canvas it fell into place.
These figures are part of a work in progress I cut from 1/8″ steel yesterday. The images are based on children’s drawings for war-torn countries. Pictures of similar completed works are posted on rickmobbs.com.
Once a week Chris Thompson , in Ribera, NM, makes his blacksmithing shop available to the UWC-USA students and John Geffroy and I are lucky enough to be able to work with them. Next week I’ll take some photos of the shop and post them here.