Sunday, January 06, 2019
Commission portrait, Father Steve Mckee from Trinity Episcopal Tulsa
I thought I would share the process of this painting that I was asked to do. Many long term priests have had their portraits made and hung in the great hall upon their retirement. I was honored to be asked to do one of my favorite bridge partners, and retiring priest, Steve McKee. He supplied a photo from which to work ( after asking him to retake the first one which, although I loved the idea, it was very blurry) I also took my own photo of a window that was installed on his watch, and a candle burning, which actually I used the real candle to get a better rendition of one. This is nearly finished but not quite. I must say that it was really fun to capture that unusual lighting and working with breaking a couple of painting rules... with more than one light source but I liked how this portrait is so different from the stiff, seated portraits of the other priests. I really liked Steve's artistic suggestion and I liked that it tells a little story with the obvious darkness and light metaphor and I decided to include a suggestion of the stained glass window behind him that was created after an entire family from our church perished in a plane accident.