I love the contrast between the delicacy and subtlety of this Claude Monet painting with the bold presence of this large man in his bright red sweatshirt. I also love capturing people at moments when they are stopped in their tracks by something wonderful.
A few weeks ago I ate at a great Philly Malaysian restaurant called Banana Leaf. I asked the cooks for permission to take some pictures of the open kitchen area. Although they didn't mind, this guy gave me and my camera a pretty wary look. He was doing something with a small mountain of mangoes.
After spending some time this past week drawing instead of painting, I felt a little impatient with how difficult it is to paint a face that is only an inch tall. Working with the precision of pencil (and a blending stomp) was satisfying. Still, I wanted to get a definite likeness in this scene because this young man's expression was what drew me in.