Nothing to Cheer About is an 18x14 oil done from life by Shirley Fachilla.
The guy looks glum… the guy looks bored… the guy looks as though his team is losing.
Today, in my open studio, there were seven painters; all were painting the same subject, a guy with a beer wearing the sports paraphernalia of a fan. But only mine looked unhappy.
One rendition seemed iconic, another mysterious, yet another showed a happy fellow with bad posture. Only mine looked so sad.
A friend of mine once said that a painted portrait is as much a portrait of its artist as it is of its subject. I understand this to mean that the artist’s emotions, opinions and thoughts are on display in a portrait just as they are in any painting. Obviously my mood today was not upbeat. I do notice, however, that my painted beer seems deliciously appealing!