Playin’ the Blues


If you go to Joeyg’s in Madison, Indiana on weekend nights you may be serenaded by Roy Gentry and his band.  He sings the blues.  He stands up on a stage that is dimly lit and the atmosphere is great.

I’ve tried to portray what you would see if you were there.  Roy is the one on the left.  You should notice that most of the scene is painted very dark, almost black.  All you see of the person in the middle is his head and arm.  The man on the right has a face but no hair.  You didn’t realize that because your mind put the missing parts in.  It is actually all you would see.

When painting, try to portray things you really see, not what your mind says is there and your image will be more believable and pleasing.

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January 21, 2010

Sarah @ 7:58 pm #

I like the atmosphere in this painting.

January 22, 2010

Christine @ 4:43 pm #

This is so cool. You really caught the moment. I love it!

January 23, 2010

Margaret @ 10:24 am #

I LIKE it! Great job of producing what one would perceive as a difficult picture – and you managed to capture it so well.

A. Josie: @ 1:17 pm #

You get better and better, Tom. This one is great.

February 3, 2010

Susie @ 10:30 am #

I can almost hear the music!

July 23, 2017

Charlie @ 3:46 am #

That’s hanging in my room

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