8 x 6"
oil on panel
First I want to tell you I was sure the artist, Jacob Lawrence, was to be my L for my series ArtistZ. I've long admired Lawrence ever since I saw a fraction of his Migration Series at the Phillips Collection years ago. I was a framer for 33 years and I framed countless prints of Jacob Lawrence's work, even framed a napkin he signed for a collector. And please go to MOMA to see his entire Migration Series if you're able.
Back in June, I read an article in the New York Times about Frederic Leighton's now-iconic 'Flaming June' at the Frick (this is the last week of the exhibition), and that image brought back memories of, again, framing this glowing, stunning image many, many times. It was a favorite of mine, much like Klimt's work in that I could really go wild with beautiful, carved mouldings to enhance these pieces.
I will also add that my desire to paint 'Flaming June' was fulfilled - and it was my pleasure to mix these rich oranges and golds and swirls the oils to the folds and curves of the fabrics in the painting.