Channeling Jimi

When I have been working on commission projects all day, I sometimes like to reward myself by doing something quick and fun in the evening.  I also have this micro goal of getting my feature wall filled with originals again.  It has been a very long time since I've been able to feature nothing but new work on the wall that you often see in pictures on social media.  On Thursday, I went looking for something that would supplant one of the three remaining canvas prints hanging on the wall.  Jimi Hendrix jumped out to me.

6:47 pm

7:08 pm

7:31 pm

I spent the first evening roughing in the black background and putting the first few layers of colour on his face and hair.

9:12 am (Friday) 

In the morning, I did some more work on the skin tones and colour balance and got him to the point where I was ostensibly done.

That's when the sentence "What would happen if...." popped into my head.  What would happen if... I turned on Jimi Hendrix really loud in the studio and see what the music would inspire me to do.  After about three minutes of channeling Jimi, this is what happened.

To me, it looks like a completely different painting, a deeper, more intense and exciting story.

This original work is available for purchase.  Its price is $765 + gst.  If you are interested in custom ordering a gallery canvas print, there are a number of different options:  12" x 24" - $150 + gst, or 18" x 36" - $225 + gst. You can contact me via the Russell Thomas Art Facebook page or by texting 780-881-3752.  You can also email at

Meanwhile, I will get to work on creating work to bump the Owl and the Moose gallery canvas prints off the wall.  


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