|24 x 24, oil on birch panel|
|looking at watercolor sketch as I paint with oils|
|15 x 15, watercolor sketch on Arches 140# cold press|
|it all started with an ink sketch, 1.5" x 1.5"|
You might remember seeing some of my tiny thumbnail sketches as I tried to work out my feelings about my father's dementia. It seemed to me that Dad had lost his memories and that he might look for them like you would if you lost something else that was precious to you.
Is it behind the couch?
Under the bed?
Maybe I threw it away.
The little thumbnail sketch, done in waterproof ink, became the basis for a watercolor sketch. I liked it well enough to develop it into an oil painting. Some of the bones of this painting are right, but it needs something and I that what it needs will be clear to me tomorrow when I look at it with fresh eyes.
Lucky for me, as my father has lost his memories (short and long term) and has become more confused, he has become even more polite and agreeable. Several of his caregivers took me aside to tell me, "Your father is such a nice man!" And, he is!
Eva Cassidy gets it right, too. "You've Changed."