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I was sharing images of my work with a fellow artist when he remarked how much he liked the painting Bluegrass Blast. We had been discussing Plein Air painting of which this particular image was not. I said almost apologetically that I did this piece in the studio from a photo." Oh" he said, "but it still has the energy and vibrancy as if it were done plein air. Besides, artists since Vermeer or sooner have been using some sort of optical aid in their art."
The truth is I used several photo references for this piece, combining different images to put together the composition I wanted. As far as I know, neither of these musicians actually played together. But hopefully, this painting convinces you that they were jamming their socks off.
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