For no particular reason, here’s a few samples from our eccentric and eclectic collection of pictures, assembled al fresco over the course of the years.
We’ll begin with scenics.
And click on the images to enlarge,
an oil pastel by a remarkable grandmother
Our dad’s mother was an artistic polymath, skilled at paintings, photography, and pastels, as in this landscape, circa 1895. [As with all the following shots, the shot was captured in less than optimal conditions.] Apologies for the reflection onthe left.
a scene from europe, 1923
Our mother’s best friend from college spent the summer of 1923 in Europe, and brought back several pictures, including this delightful and unsigned oil on canvas cityscape. The use of color is haunting.
california desert by W. edwards
Oil on Masonite, a three dollar purchase from a Beverly Hills thrift shop in 1977.
california seascape by pecora
Oil on Masonite, purchased for $35 from a sidewalk sale in Hollywood, 1981.
St. Matthew. Anthony C. Willoughby, 1986
Egg tempera on gesso, Anthony Willoughby. An old friend and brilliant artist reinvented the tempera techniques used by Renaissance masters, in particular their method of producing gesso sotile, Note also the gilding, giving the work a true three dimensional character. Though it’s hard to see here, every hair on the saint’s head is visible.
Mountain man, Anthony C. Willoughby, 1981
Another tempera on gesso, this one a portrait of a friend of the artist who has devoted his life to living off the land in the manner of 19th Century mountain men, hunting his game with a black powder rifle.
Every thread in the homespun shirt is rendered, as is every hair in the fur cap.