This is one of my favorite examples of Tom’s expertise in painting light and reflection. -SF
Tom wrote: I asked a musician friend of mine if I could watch him play his bass in a club. I had wanted to do a painting of a jazz combo or other group. He said I could. I took my camera and took several shots.
This painting is supposed to show an afternoon feeling with light coming in through the slits in the blinds. The piano player has sunlight coming in on his shoulder. Both men have a lighter side on their faces. The bass player’s bald head reflects in the wall behind him. Both heads have a highlight from a light over them. There is a tip glass that was put on the piano. I have used atmospheric perspective. The glass is larger than the people in the background, giving the feeling of depth. You can see light reflecting off the side of it from the blinds, and you can see the bass player’s arm through it. In the bottom is money that has been left for tips.