Coltrane, 2014. Ink, collage and digital color.
My first QDC post of the year is a portrait of John Coltrane for our group’s contribution to Jazz and Draw. If you aren’t familiar with Coltrane’s legendary work as a saxophonist and band leader, Coltrane Plays the Blues is a great place to start.
Coltrane was a great musical figure to explore in this piece. I’m looking forward to seeing the other portraits from the rest of the QDC.
Happy Birthday to an all around excellent babe, Vickie Verhagen! See you in New York!
A little technique experiment from a few weeks ago.
Soapy Smith, 2013. Acrylic on Masonite, 8.5” x 11”.
Jeff “Soapy” Smith was one of the most skilled confidence men to ever live and one of the most interesting historic figures of the American West. He ran cons in Fort Worth, Texas; Creede, Colorado and Skagway, Alaska before he was killed by a group of vigilantes.
Shot through the heart on the Juneau Wharf one foggy night, his last words (according to witnesses) were “Dear God, don’t shoot!” I’ve painted him after his death, the Aurora Borealis shining a mournful salute in farewell and a crop of forget-me-nots springing up around him.