Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Portrait study, 14"x16" oil on canvas board

I'm headed to Washington D.C. where I will stop and see George Catlins work that he did in the early 1800's. It is an amazing collection of over 400 paintings he did on an expedition out west just after Lewis and Clark came back from their historic expedition.
Catlin studied the lives of many tribes and did portraits of many tribal members in full regalia. His intent was to impress the literati of Europe with this body of work but instead he nearly went broke.
This is another study of my neighbor 'Hob0' as he is known by everyone, a.k.a. Henry Stensgar. Hobo feeds my horses and keeps the fire burning in the stove when I'm off on my jaunts. He is unique in that he lives off what he hunts and the salmon he catches. "Food in a can is no good." He is very traditional. Like me he was born 200 years too late although I think he would have had a problem without his glasses.