My dad gave me the idea for this painting many years ago while I was studying portrait painting under him. I've thought about doing it for years, mulling it over in my mind, mentally composing it, loosing sleep over it. This past year my dad, a retired army air corps pilot, turned 90 and I thought this painting would be a great gift. It shows an old man, sitting alone with his dog, reading a letter that told him his last buddy from the war passed away. He's sad and broke out a wine bottle to drink a toast to all his departed friends who are depicted as ghost figures all around him. The seated figure is actually my dad and the beagle is Dinky, his dog.
October 6th, 2011
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