Paintings that Express Emotion

Expressive Eyes
Expressive Eyes
Detail of nose and mouth.
Detail of nose and mouth.

Oil Painting of Ray

Over a period of about seven years I worked as a certified nursing assistant, occupational therapy aide and activity director in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. I worked very closely with residents and become good friends with many of them. I felt as though I had many grandparents to take care of and talk to.

Ray and I became friends from the first time I met him because we shared a common soft drink. Pepsi! Yep, we both liked to drink Pepsi and the vending machine in the staff break room was well supplied. At only a fifty cents a can, it was a great deal. We'd pool our money and head down the hall for our cans of soda. We'd usually drink it in the dining area or in his room by the window and chat.


My Friend Ray - Oil Painting
My Friend Ray - Oil Painting
Detail of neck and shirt collar.
Detail of neck and shirt collar.

A Darker Palette Works

During one of our Pepsi breaks I'd taken a black and white photograph of Ray. Several years later and a move cross country I found the photo in a box and decided to do an oil painting of it.

To start the painting I did a pencil sketch using the photograph as a guide. I decided to use a dark palette of layered deep greens, blues, yellows, reds, purples and browns. I've always been drawn to the "Potato Eaters" by Van Gogh with its dark quality and reflected light on the faces of those gathered around the table. I wanted to try creating a painting that was primarily dark and bring light into it sparingly. I believe Ray would have been pleased with the final painting, and I can picture us toasting it with a Pepsi!

Detail of bed side table items.
Detail of bed side table items.
Detail showing light on his face and curtain in the background.
Detail showing light on his face and curtain in the background.
Detail showing the variety of colors in his hair.
Detail showing the variety of colors in his hair.

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Olde Cashmere 3 years ago from Michigan, United States

These paintings are truly outstanding and show an immense amount of talent Green Art. I have always been drawn to oil painting but have never given it a true go yet. Voting this up and rating beautiful, awesome, and interesting :)


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Green Art 3 years ago Author

I am so glad you enjoyed this painting. I find drawing or painting a person's face to be so rewarding because everyone is do different. Thank you so much for your kind words, ratings and vote. I've only recently started to share more of my art work here on hub pages and have found such a wonderful support system here for the arts. Thanks again:)


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Kosmo 3 years ago from California

I share your love of art, even though I don't paint or sculpt. I'm more of a collector and art historian, and because of this I've written some hubs about art. My favorite is the one about Andy Warhol. As for Pepsi, make sure it's the diet kind. Hey! Later!


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Green Art 3 years ago Author

I love Any Warhol's work as well! I'll be sure to read your hub on him. Yeah I only drink diet Pepsi and trying to not drink it anymore as pop isn't really good for you. Thanks for checking out this hub:)

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