Mark – February 22nd

I have never been more aware of how lucky I am to be married to someone I enjoy living with.

Mark, (lunchtime) February 22nd, 2020
Mark, (lunchtime) February 22nd, 2020

Mark doesn’t love sitting for a portrait – it is boring, he gets fidgety and I get snappy. Yes fun times!

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I have yet to capture his great, congenial spirit and ever-present humor, but I do love the details in this. They surprise me after the event – the colors, the mark-making. I have made peace (mostly) with the fact that, in many ways, I don’t know what I am doing. I don’t have a solid, academic-style training, which permits an assured, anatomically correct, strong likeness to be built up quickly. I thrash around in the dark a bit! But sometimes it is that blindfolded way-finding that creates something that surprises me – and yes it is usually in the details.

Detail - Mark, (lunchtime), February 22nd, 2020
Detail – Mark, (lunchtime), February 22nd, 2020
Detail - Mark, (lunchtime), February 22nd, 2020
Detail – Mark, (lunchtime), February 22nd, 2020
Detail - Mark, (lunchtime), February 22nd, 2020
Detail – Mark, (lunchtime), February 22nd, 2020

To ease his boredom, Mark kept surreptitiously filming the process with his iPad. He had it in his lap and I never knew when it was on. Seeing the little clips intrigued me – and I admit to being relieved to see that I looked a lot during the process.

He got a lot of attention on the 22nd, even when it was getting very dark and I couldn’t see that well. He finally keeled over around midnight – it is a tough life being a muse!

Mark, (11 pm), February 22nd, 2020
Mark, (11 pm), February 22nd, 2020
Mark, (midnight), February 22nd, 2020
Mark, (midnight), February 22nd, 2020

4 Comments

  1. I love these. I love your trees .At this time of isolation they are a source of great pleasure. Thank you.

  2. These have made me miss the both of you even more. They are wonderful portraits and have definitely captured your muse. And Mark’s video is great. Take care and love to you both. Yvonne

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