8 x 8 Acrylic on canvas board.

More of a sketch in acrylics, but it worked well, I hope, as a painting. Hard to know when to stop.

This is an accordion player I filmed on the Paris underground. He was a Russian emigre, singing sad Russian songs. People hurried by, untouched by his heartfelt playing. Life of the artist, I guess.

All comments are welcome.

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Comment by Michael Chomse on May 1, 2014 at 20:10

Thanks saghi, Michael and Lori - I can't seem to help myself in terms of trying to tell a story. Maybe it's my background as a filmmaker. The design is part of that process. Getting a sense of what to include, what to leave out. That's the essence of storytelling.

I am sure that there is a parallel here to landscape painting, to conveying a mood, or a sense of 'scene' in a painting. I think we need to exaggerate certain things, and minimise others in order to direct our viewers attention to what we want them to see. 

Do you agree?

Comment by Lori Ippolito on May 1, 2014 at 17:56
This is very compelling Michael ..I find it interesting that the warmth in the painting is primarily located with the accordion player..which parallels the story
Comment by Michael J. Severin on May 1, 2014 at 14:52

Michael, you have a real nice grasp on design ....I'm jealous.


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