Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Thanks, Matt

7x5 oil on canvas
This is my tribute to Dana Cooper's son Matt, who is currently serving in the Air Force. Since I'm so far doing all figurative work for our Flying Moleskins project I hoped Dana would like seeing a painting of her handsome son. It goes without saying that he's courageous, and I can see from his photo that he's also handsome and strong. I can't imagine how proud of him Dana must be. So if I had a hat, I'd be taking it off and saying "Thank you, Matt for all you have done and are doing for our country." And I say the same to anyone else who has served in our military.

14 comments:

martinealison said...

Camille, it's a good painting you offer to Dana. We can see her son is proud to serve in the Air Force. It's always moving for a mother to see her son with uniformed.
When my son has received his first medal in the gendarmerie i was very touched.
I like the light in your painting. Godd work.

Alice Thompson said...

Fantastic composition and color. I like how only Matt's face is in detail. I bet Dana will love it!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Thank you Martine and Alice. I really need to learn to use Photoshop -- in person the values are much stronger. Ah well! Thanks for your comments, ladies.

Linda said...

This is a wonderful tribute to Dana, her son, and all who serve! You captured his confidence and that determined look that military people seem to have. Well done!

Dana Cooper said...

This is REALLY WONDERFUL Camille, I can absolutely see Matt in this! I love it, really, I am so touched that you would do this of him, thank you!
And to attempt camouflage in light and shadow, well, let's just say that you are a brave girl!

Caio Fernandes said...

this is a wonderful tribute and painting , Camille .
thank you for have used your talent for something so noble .
God Bless Matt .

L.Holm said...

This is really fantastic, Camille. Great tribute, and very strong portrait.

Celeste Bergin said...

what a good painting--and such a small area to get so much information (5x7)! wonderful job!

AutumnLeaves said...

What a gorgeous gift you've given Dana, Camille. I also doff my cap to our brave men and women who serve or have served in the military. You are such a backbone for us. Thank you for remembering them, Camille.

carol morgan carmichael said...

Wonderful and touching painting. Can not believe you captured all that on such a small canvas. Really like the softness of the colors and brush strokes.

Gary Keimig said...

very well done Camille. And what a tribute. Hats off indeed to Dana's son and all those serving. My grand son is one of those so I know what it feels like to have a loved one in this situation.
God bless tham all.

Theresa Bayer said...

This is amazing how you portrayed such deep emotion in him and yet it's subtle. And the colors & composition are right on.

Barbara said...

Camille, this is incredible as a tribute to Matt, a gift to Dana, and a work of art. I love it!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Thank you so much, nice friends!