Spending time with Oscar Peterson
I sat down at the computer and did a quick Google search and found this shot.
It immediately spoke to me, as the photographs that become paintings always do. I knew that spending time with Oscar was in my future, I just didn't know what the substrate was going to be. Part of me hoped that I would find a piece of pine like I used for Miles, but nothing I had on hand fit the bill. A Dollar Store canvas wasn't going to work, as the image was square and they are rectangular.
I eventually had a flash of inspiration, a method that I had tried in 1997, when painting a tri-coloured portrait of Ella Fitzgerald using an old record jacket. I rushed downstairs to the album graveyard and picked out one that was in decent shape and likely never to be listened to again (with due apologies to Foster and Lloyd, a country music duo from the late 80's and 90's).
A base coat of white, and the canvas was ready.
I knew that I was pretty much out of black, so I went down to Colours by Tiffany to grab a pint. I also took the opportunity to grab a few additional off tints, adding to the collection that has served me incredibly well the last couple of weeks.
It probably took 3 or 4 hours to coax Oscar out of the canvas. Here is the progression: