Saturday, September 21, 2013

'Rahm Emanuel' I don't know who took this photo, but thank you, whoever you are.

NFS.Oil on 9x12" panel.
I regret using such a crappy surface for this study. I grabbed a previously painted on and washed over panel, I should know better but, I hate to waste materials that I can use to practice on.  Lately I'm thinking a lot about the under painting known as the ground or wash, and how to decide what color to use, the possibilities are endless.

This painting is of Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's first Jewish mayor. One thing I loved about my old home town was the cultural diversity. Growing up in the city of Chicago exposed me to a dizzying variety of faces. I marveled looking at them all. It really excited me. I used to tell my mom all about the amazing faces I saw at school or just on the street in passing.

I truly had a great childhood in Chicago. For one, I lived between Wrigley Field and the lake, my elementary school was three blocks from Wrigley, home of the Chicago Cubs. In the springtime that ballpark organ cranked up and I was gone! Summer vacation should've started at the beginning of baseball season. I'm sure I wasn't the only child affected that way.

1 comment:

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Rachel,
Great work on the mayor and wonderful trip down memory lane. As a kid growing up in Battle Creek, Michigan, Wrigley Field and the Cubs were a legend and a dream place, all-in-one.
I can't imagine how fun it must've been to hear that famous organ belting out, "Take Me Out To The Ballgame"!
It took me back to first time I saw Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Thinking about it, seems it was called Briggs Stadium back then.
Anyway, I envy your childhood and really enjoyed the painting and story.
Have a nice day tomorrow!
Sincerely,
Gary.