Pomp & Circumstance
"....A project I had been considering for some time"
Portrait of the Artist as
a Young Man and an Old Geezer
Last year, grandaughter Isabella Victoria (or IV as we call her),
then 5 years old, snapped a photo of me relaxing in our bohio in my New York Yankee cap, and when I saw the shot I finally
decided to go ahead and do a self-portrait, a project I had been considering for some time. To give the painting some
reason for being, I cast myself as a painter at work on a portrait of myself as I appeared in a photograph taken in the spring
of 1963; a cadet in full-dress uniform about to graduate from The Citadel. At my request, Esther took a picture of my
left arm with paintbrush so I would have something for reference in the foreground. So, the painting is based on those
three separate photographs which I kept shifting around until I thought I had the angles and positions right. The easel
and palette were right there in from t of me, so it was easy to add them. Actually, IV helped some with the paints on
the palette, so this ended up being kind of a family project.