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I'm Going to Have Blue Christmas (without you) 6"x6" acrylic

13 Dec 2012
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This was for a DPW challenge to use Magnesium Blue (which I don't have) to do a value study of a celebrity.  I had many more frustrating moments with this than I had anticipated.  I wanted to get the fuzziness of his beard, the soft furriness of the hat and coat trim, the fleshiness of his face, the twinkle in his eye and the grandfatherliness of his personality and not have it look creepy because it is all blue!  What do you think?  The whole time I was painting, the song "I'll Have a Blue Christmas" by Elvis, was playing in my head.  See an early version of this song at:

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jfgarcia wrote
on 13 Dec 2012 8:00 AM

Me Encanta!!!

Charlie Gunn wrote
on 13 Dec 2012 5:46 PM

Very nice job.

RAUL wrote
on 17 Dec 2012 12:55 PM

for starter it is weird to see a blue Santa, but weird doesn´t mean ugly.  I like it a lot! 

I also think you´ve acomplished what you were looking for: the fuzziness of his beard, the softness of the hat and coat, and aboe all hispersonality. He is Santa! You can tell, even if he not wearing a red suit.