The Blues Man, Building Bridges One Note At A Time
The Blues Man took many hours to complete. Using a photo image as reference, the piece is a compilation of many, many small squares and rectangles of color placed strategically on pastel paper. It was created for a show about music and musicians called Food for the Soul. Done in a mosaic-like style, the medium is crayon and oil pastels instead of more traditional pieces of glass. The original photo is in black and white, so all the colors were selected and put in place by my imagination and love for the subject. Not in the original photo, I added trees in the background, contrasting the many colorful areas with black and white. By the time I was finished with this piece, my wrist called for a brace. LOL. The photo by Tim Tonachella was used at his request for the original exhibit. The Blues Man, Building Bridges One Note At a Time, has remained one of my most favored and beloved pieces, exhibiting a memorable Detroit vibe, the reflection of the photographer in the instrument, and the movement of color throughout the piece.