He likes Jackson Pollack, so he did his own version of a "Jack the Dripper" painting. One afternoon we went through a Richard Diebenkorn book. Another day he brought a huge coffee table tome on Van Gogh, and he wanted to show me Starry Night on the Rhone. He thought he'd like to paint that. And we did. It's hanging in his bedroom now. He and I had made a cradled panel a few months ago. He gessoed it himself. It sat for awhile waiting for an idea. I've rekindled an interest in birds recently and am trying to get him hooked as well, so I did an under drawing of a Rainbow Bird and sealed it. He put a red ochre imprimatura on it and during the week I developed the under painting in whites and umbers. During the last ten days this ten-year-old has done a remarkable job patiently laying in color. I tighten up the detail between sessions, but the color glazing is Hunter's work.
|Hunter, Rainbow Bird, 2011, oil on panel, 6" x 6"|