Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"The Parisian"


The Parisian is an 18x14 oil by Shirley Fachilla.
I thought of many possible titles for this canvas. But I finally settled on the straightforward. We were in Paris; he was in Paris, specifically on a Paris street corner in an elegant part of town. It was apparent that he was waiting on someone; and it was equally apparent that he was a resident of the city, not a tourist like us.
He was so beautiful. He might have stepped out of a Renaissance painting… after borrowing an overcoat and muffler to hide his wings.
We were inside at a restaurant; he was just outside the window. I took so many photos he noticed. He noticed and didn’t like it. He frowned; I gave a Gallic shrug and put on an “I’m sorry” expression. He paused, returned the shrug and then turned to wait some more.
The Parisian will be one of my paintings at The Artesia, 2905 Parthenon Ave., Nashville on March 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Art at the Artesia is a benefit for Nashville’s Ronald McDonald House. Hope to see you there.

10 comments:

  1. This is stunning Shirley! The color in his hair and coat are outstanding. You are right, he is beautiful...bravo!

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  2. Nice painting. His attitude kinda killed your angelic thoughts of him...

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  3. It is gorgeous, Shirley and you story is so familiar. We have all been there, trying to sneak photos of people and getting caught!

    You have captured the feel on Paris in this piece.

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  4. You really captured the mood here. Well done!

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  5. Beautiful, Shirley! Congrats on this one. You really captured a "moment". As always, it's all about the light! Good luck with the show.

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  6. This is just remarkable, Shirley. What a wonderful pose - very classical look. I always enjoy the stories you have for each of your posts. Writing is also one of your talents.

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  7. Stunning painting, you are right , he really is elegant and beautiful, but the whole atmosphere of the painting is elegant, too...well done!

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  8. Beautiful painting! I love how you captured his look and the colors in his coat and hair are amazing.

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  9. A Gallic prince, to be sure. Such insousiance!

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  10. Beautiful painting and great story, Shirley!

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