When I came across this porcelain boudoir lamp,
it called out my name. Most boudoir lamps are very victorian
and frilly. This one was much simpler and I felt I could
design an image that would be more American than French.
While studying the lamp outside in the sunshine, I realized that
it would be more dramatic if the woman figurine was lit with the
light from the lamp itself.
I brought the lamp into my studio and lit it after putting an
old cardboard shade on it. She was beautiful! Now, what
story is she telling? Feeling that she looked like she was
posing at the end of a Broadway play, I started thinking of
plays that had a woman in a lead role that resembled my lamp
An American in Paris fit the bill. I could make her hair dark
and find a man to be her partner in the play.
That's where Shawn comes in. Shawn is the father of
Matthew, the little cowboy in "Trail Break." I'll position Shawn
to the right of the lamp, offering flowers to the lady of the
I've condensed the play poster to fit my
Here is the lamp with the figurine's hair darkened to match the
woman in the play.
My apologies to Shawn. He's a handsome man and my first
pass of paint didn't do him justice. I'll handsome-him-up
with the final layer of oil pigment.
Here's a look at the man's offer of flowers to the star.
This shows the overall canvas before the final shadowing of the
"Love A Lamp" is at the half way point, with all areas of the
canvas addressed. I'll paint a second layer over the
entire canvas, making adjustments to the hues and values.