Monday, December 03, 2012

Its All About the Hat ...

I'll admit I'm not particularly fond of painting people. I'm sure it's my lack of experience.  

Despite some issues I had with this small painting I find there are a number of areas I am really happy with.
 Its About the Hat, 6" x 6" oil on panel, © 2012, Nancy Van Blaricom

I wanted some warmth showing through the greens and blues so I primed this small 6" x 6" panel with a yellow gold.  I had a happy surprise when I saw the warmth that shines through his arms and his shirt.  It just glows.  Also, I like how I captured the way you can tell its a bright sunny day.

Mahogany framed, Its About the Hat, 6" x 6" oil on panel, © 2012, Nancy Van Blaricom

We talked with this man a few years ago in Canada and enjoyed our conversation about his hat.  He told us that this particular hat was made just for him. He looked great in it and was proud to be wearing it.    

Although I didn't capture his bright cheerful smile I'm reminded of it when I look at this painting.


  1. What a fun painting! Great attitude, and love the happy accident of the yellow!

  2. I'm always amazed at how much information can be contained in a small painting. I need to work on that. This one oozes personality.

  3. The more you paint, the easier it gets. Just remember, no matter what you're painting, it's just shapes of light and color! I like this guy!

  4. love this guy! I am such a hat person and love painting figures so this one is a winner for me. The gesture is great.