Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Portrait Of A Writer As A Young Man

Or at least a slightly younger man. This painting is based on a photo taken in Cameroon in December 2004. Little d and I met the lovely artist, Denise, in Belize about a year later and we were immediately taken with her work. Her art can be found on her website, Studio2D.

32 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Was this photo taken before or after the adventure with pirates and mutants and giant apes?

David Barber said...

A "cool" looking dude, David.

David Cranmer said...

Charles, You just had to remind me of those damn dirty apes! didn't you!

David, Thanks.

G said...

Ahhh...its always good to see what the younger version of a non-disillusioned writer looks like.

The man looks like he could conquer the world....or at least his personal slice of the world...

Laurie said...

What a masterpiece. :) Why does it remind me of David Hockney? One of these days we'll have to compare notes on Belize.

pattinase (abbott) said...

What a nice souvenir to have of your time there. I like it very much.

David Cranmer said...

G, Yeah, "his personal slice" is going well now. But what I'm amazed is how much black I had in my goatee then!

Laurie, If you go back far enough I have some shots of the Mayan ruins that my wife and I visited. Absolutely stunning.

Hockney's landscapes and colors might be the similarity. I just checked out his web site and that jumped out at me.

Patti, Art just adds a whole new dimension to any home. Everyone has pics but hang a canvas and folks will take extra notice.

Anonymous said...

Very nice David. The detail, in particular, on the bike is splendid and I can tell a lot of time went into it.

-Diane

kieran said...

dashing

David Cranmer said...

Diane, She does put a lot of time into her work and I recommend everyone checking out her site and also the trade bead jewelry and photography she has posted there.

Kieran, Dashing? Yeah, my ego can see that.

Oscar said...

A-a-h, the vigor of youth once remembered. Very nice, Dave.

Sarah Hina said...

I love it, David! Her use of vivid colors has a sharp clarity and cool look to it.

Oh, and the guy on the bike ain't so bad, either. ;)

Very nice!

RReynolds said...

I think I have asked you this before but do you still ride?

David Cranmer said...

Oscar, I'm thirty-nine and holding. (Good old Jack Benny's favorite #)

Sarah, Ah, thank you:) You're definitely right about the colors. And maybe it is my fascination with pulp covers that makes her work stand out to me.

RReynolds, Very little before and since. Just for that moment in time really.

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

Denise work is lovely but then so is her subject. I'll be sure to follow the link.
Warm regard,
Simone

Barrie said...

Neat art!

Hey, are you really in Virginia these days? I'm going to be in Charlottesville at the Festival of the Book in March.

Don said...

Yes cool.

But where are the flames?

David Cranmer said...

Simone, Very kind words for both of us. Thank you.

Barrie, I will drop you an e-mail.

Don, I'm semi-cool in the right light. But not Ghost Rider cool.

Sarah Laurence said...

It's a good likeness of you and shows a lot of character. How much fun!

dMix said...

Denise did a wonderful job on this painting... I love all the detail she put into it, especially the bike. And what a ruggedly handsome guy ;)

Alyssa Goodnight said...

That is a great likeness and a lovely, bright painting. I wish I could paint like that!

Cloudia said...

Let's ride, man!



Aloha, Friend


Comfort Spiral

David Cranmer said...

Sarah, I'm thinking of making this my avatar for Blogger. Good idea?

d, Ruggedly handsome guy:) No wonder you are the charm(ed) one.

Alyssa, No Faded Glory right?

Cloudia, Only the lack of a bike and the Atlantic is stopping me.

Dave King said...

Thanks for that. I, too,am taken with her work. Shall definitely follow the link.

David Cranmer said...

I'm sure you will find something of interest.

Leah J. Utas said...

Damned fine rendering.

David Cranmer said...

Leah, It sure is. I'm going to go ahead and make it my new Blogger pic-avatar.

Evan Lewis said...

David! You've won a "Creative Writer" (aka Bald-Faced Liar) Award. Details here: http://davycrockettsalmanack.blogspot.com/2010/02/bald-faced-liar-award.html

Don't blame me! The Devil, I mean Paul Brazill, made me do it.

David Cranmer said...

I just left a response. Thanks Dave.

Jodi MacArthur said...

An awesome portrait of an author/ bike rider. A very adventurous feel to it. She did a fantastic job.

David Cranmer said...

Jodi, Thanks for stopping by and I couldn't agree more.

Icy Sedgwick said...

That's awesome!