This is a totally unauthorized brag-blog about my friend Claudio. ( He opened himself to it, by sharing this scan of a recent painting.) He has learned to observe volumes, and colours and become a painter, while after so many years of drawing lines, I continue to delineate, then "paint by numbers".
We had a business relationship for over 20 years and managed to mediate that, and become friends. And in between those those on-the-job conversations, about five years ago, discovered that we both had found our old paint boxes - similar motivations; had dabbled as students (he became an architect; me, a landscape architect) and whamo-kazzam, 3 decades later, had some time to get back to it. I am interested in places, but Claudio has taken on portraiture.
Claudio is analytical by nature and in 20 minute and 1 hour increments on his smart phone, educated himself about the chemistry of watercolour paint and colour theory, then augmented that theory with life drawings sessions whenever he could fit it into his demanding schedule.
But, here we are - a sort of graduation piece and he's really starting to roll.
Don't you agree?