Abstract Weekend – High End Last weekend and this weekend I have done works based on another artist's realistic painting. This one is based on George Bellow's "Stag at Sharkey's." It is a wrestling match in a ring with the heads of spectators. What I really love about his painting is the tremendous action and tension in it. He used mostly grayish neutrals in dominate darks, a lesser proportion of lights, and a small amount of medium values, but he has touches of red in the focal point that emphasize the blood flow to the head, neck and arms. Mine is mostly in mid-values, with lesser darks and only touches of light. I have also been more generous with the redish tones.