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Jim Updegraff
03-12-2005, 11:18 PM
Several people have lately posted paintings of their father. That struck me as a good idea that I ought to try. Unfortunately my father has been dead for nearly forty years and I have no good photo of him. I do however have a clear recollection of him. So, here is the old man as he might be seen by a six year old kid early some summer morning, standing in the kitchen in his underwear, a Camel straight in his mouth, reading the Columbus Dispatch, damning Harry Truman, John L. Lewis and all advocates of socialized medicine and pointing out to all who would listen that the country was going to Hell in a handbasket.

Oil on Masonite, 24' x 24'.


And a detail.


03-13-2005, 12:04 AM
This is a lovely work, Jim! It made me smile :D.

03-13-2005, 12:21 AM
Thank you for posting this. It's touching. All your paintings have such lovely detail. How long did this take you?
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03-13-2005, 04:15 AM
Great work Jim. I really love this and the setting works so well. It is so human and depicts such a wonderful moment which stuck in your mind as a child. I really relate to this as I can see my dad like that too in the morning in our kitchen. :wave:

03-13-2005, 08:23 AM
Put him in a full head of blonde hair, take out the cig and set him in the old green recliner and he's my dad. The underwear and the newspaper are the defining factors.

I love it!


pero lane
03-13-2005, 11:08 AM
Jim this is just great!!! As Lisa said...it's so human. :clap: :clap: :clap:

03-15-2005, 03:13 PM
I love the accents that give as a place in time - the wooden wall phone, the glass milk bottle, the sock garters.

Jim Updegraff
03-31-2005, 07:17 PM
I continue to labor on this thing but Iím a lot more pleased with the brush sketch than with its present appearance. This is the first time Iíve worked on smooth pressed board and Iím not happy. The surface has no ďbiteĒ and the paint just seems to slide around. Iíd not had that trouble with textured Masonite or with even smooth canvas. It seems to be terribly absorbent, too. I canít tell if that is the support or the priming. Maybe I need to have wiped it down with dilute linseed oil before starting. If so, itís too late now. There may be nothing to it but to keep on soldiering.


Jim Updegraff
04-06-2005, 04:58 PM
There have been some pretty significant changes made is this thing. I had said that I was not very pleased with the last posting. Now Iím a little more content but bothered by the uniformity of tone. Every time I try to fix that, however, something is wrong. I suppose Iíll just leave it the way it is.

The basic question is: Is this thing finished? If not, what else needs to be done.

If it is finished then Iíll pop it up on some other forum and let the general membership fling figurative rotten vegetables and dead cats at it.




04-06-2005, 05:08 PM
Wow, did you remodel and add a window and move the phone? The walls look super! Takes me back to my childhood.
My vote. . .finished :clap: :clap:

04-07-2005, 11:22 AM
I like the remodeling too.
There are two things that leave me wondering - one is where the top cabinet on our left 'meets' the wall. ??? something seems off. Maybe I'm missing the shadows.
The other is I have the impression that dad is 'floating' a bit off the floor now. Before the remodeling the shadows around his feet had him more grounded.