Monday, February 8, 2010

"And that's the way it was."

If you are a baby boomer, and I am in spades, you remember Walter Cronkite, the world renowned TV news anchor man. I conducted an acrylic portraiture workshop last Sunday, and "Uncle Walter" was our subject. By the way, I LOVE the smell of pipe tobacco. If I was rich, I would hire a pipe smoker lackey smoke in my studio while I'm painting.

22 comments:

meera said...

I absolutely love this one as well as the double portrait in the previous post -- I marvel how you can replicate the process time after time.

Ann Rogers said...

Fabulous! I think I can smell the smoke...

Nick said...

A wonderful portrait, David, bursting with character..I saw it in one of those small thumbnails on a blog and it grabbed me immediately. My father is one of the last great pipe smokers, and I could write a novel here on that subject, easily. Someday, for the real lowdown on the genius of "pipemanship" you must track down Stephen Potter's books (my favorite humorist after Twain), he nails it like nobody else ever has. Bpp. Bppp.

David Lobenberg said...

Meera, I only did this Cronkite portrait so that at the very end, I could paint in the wisps of pipe smoke. There ain't nothin like pipe tobacco smoke!

David Lobenberg said...

Ann, God, I wish I could smell it too!

David Lobenberg said...

Thank you, thank you Nick!!!!....I'm always looking for good humor writing (not ice cream, but that's certainly not a bad thing to contemplate. Ahh, licking on a Good Humor Ice Cream Bar whilst smelling wafting pipe tobacco smoke!). I'm gonna git me some S. Potter books ASAP! Bless you, Nick!!

dominique eichi said...

What a wonderful portrait. I just love that loose feel you achieve. I can feel the movement of his hand

Celeste Bergin said...

Have to agree with you about pipe smoke..it provides a great atmosphere! this is an outstanding painting and the double portrait in the post below is equally rockin!

Kathy said...

Hi David! Being a baby boomer, I remember Cronkite. Great job on the likeness and I can smell the pipe way over here in Indiana. Hope you are well.

AutumnLeaves said...

Look at all that detail in his face!! Magnificent work, David! My husband smokes a pipe; feel free to fly him on out occasionally. (Have to admit it does indeed smell wonderful.) I love how you handled the pipe smoke too (my one attempt at smoke/steam was a dismal flop).

Annaquarel.les said...

A stunning portrait, David!. It grabs your attention immediately no matter whether you know him or not. BTW, what makes pipe tobacco smell so good? :)

David Lobenberg said...

Thank you, Dominique.

David Lobenberg said...

Glad you like the two.Celeste.

David Lobenberg said...

Kathy, I am well and a happy new year to you!

David Lobenberg said...

AutumnLeaves: Here's how I paint smoke: load a little white paint across the end of a flat brush. Pull the brush up in a shallow wavy motion and at the same time, twist or rotate the brush now and then. You will get a swirling smokey look.

David Lobenberg said...

Anna: I have no idea what makes pipe tobacco smell so good. Someone needs to invent a pipe tobacco scented candle!

Vinayak said...

Lovely portrait David! Thanks for sharing!

David Lobenberg said...

Thank you Vinayak in far off, beautiful India.

Prabha N. said...

Its superb David! Love the lines on faces of old men...they add oh so much character!

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

This is a great painting and the one above is another good piece. Looks like you are making good use of those furlough days.

David Lobenberg said...

Hey Bill (Onpainting), I'm a professional artist and in this economy. almost every day is a furlough day.

David Lobenberg said...

Thank you, Prabha.