I Wish I Had a Coat
©A.K.SIMON - I Wish I Had a Coat - oil on panel - $100
Though I did this piece a while ago it seemed most appropriate for the day that the world is predicted to end as we know it. All you can do it brace yourself for what may come. Now you know I really am just kidding, right? It's mostly about drastic weather changes in Ohio. Last week it was 60 and lovely - today we expect 3" of snow and the winds were raging last night.
This work is a really quick study of a student at Capital University where I took some classes with Michael McEwan, the resident artist. The model had her sleeves pulled down around her hands and thank goodness (since mouths are so hard to paint) she had her mouth covered. What you don't see are her ipod ear buds because she likes to listen to music while she poses. The work is done on one of those slippery panels that do nothing but work against your efforts at applying paint. I like the spontaneity of this piece and found I did not want to touch it after the 45 minute initial sketch because I would lose the spontaneity. All the movement of the brush strokes is like the energy her body is expelling to generate heat.