100 PORTRAITS IN 100 DAYS - Jonathan, 19/100, © Carol Nelson Fine Art
Today is my birthday, and what better way to spend it than with a paint brush in my hand? This cool looking dude is Jonathan, the son of my friend and fellow artist, Saundra Lane Galloway (http://saundralanegalloway.com). Saundra was over at my house when I was working on this portrait and we had a blast painting together.
There are several things I liked about this photo Saundra gave me. First, it is SO natural - not posed at all. He was cruisin' on his skateboard (he's a pro skateboarder) and listening to his ipod.
He lives in San Diego and you can see a little beach scene reflected in those cool mirror glasses.
I changed the color of the bandanna for a spot of color (you KNOW I like color.)
BIG, SCARY NEWS: This afternoon I get my new computer. My 5 yr old computer has just about pooped out and the hard drive has less than 10% free space. At the rate I'm posting and saving these big image files, it will be telling me "No mas" pretty soon, I'm thinking.
My new computer will be much faster and with 3 times the storage capacity. What's scary you ask? The operating system of the new one is Windows 7, which I've never used it before, so there will be a learning curve.
Tim Louden, of Business Technologies of Denver, is the computer guru who is setting the whole thing up for me, so I will be free to paint another portrait at least.
I know all you Mac people are disappointed with my choice. There seems to be no group as devoted to their computers (and vocal about it) than the Mac people. Mostly I was concerned that a lot of software programs I have would not load on to a Mac because they were made to be compatible with Windows systems.