Monday, November 12, 2012

Super Portrait Model, Very Angry Portrait Model

I had a few small oval frames I have been wanting to use for portraits of toys. My family is very hard pressed to throw anything away, so I have most of my childhood toys which are not in a big box in my basement. We took pretty good care of our toys, though a few occasionally become dog chew toys and still wear the scars to prove it. While it is may be seen as a bit weird for a guy in his 40's to get out some toys and start playing, painting them is a very grown up way to have almost as much fun and much less likely to result in odd looks- maybe. It is interesting to stare at toys during the painting process that were so much a part of my childhood. Odd and forgotten memories resurface.

I started my first set painting portraits of G.I. Joe and Tonto.

The next two portraits are also of toys from my childhood. I am not 100% sure how it came about, but I am guessing the  Superman doll looked a bit wimpy, or maybe the tag just fell off, so I apparently used a ball point pen to write "SB" for Superboy.

Super Portrait, oil on linen, 2.5" X 1.5", ©copyright Richard Luschek 2012
 The next portrait is of one of my favorite super heroes as a child- The Incredible Hulk.  I had the toy. I had a subscription to the comic book. I religiously watched the T.V. show with Lou Ferringno. The Hulk was a guy I could identify with. He got angry and smashed stuff. Sometimes that is the best solution. I try to not do that so much these days, as it usually results in me having to fix something or buy a new one of what ever was smashed- like my plein air umbrella that accidentally hit a tree about 30 times on a bad day out painting. It is immature. I am now all growed up, and don't behave that way anymore.
Angry Portrait,  oil on linen, 2.5" X 1.5", ©copyright Richard Luschek 2012
Here are the figures in poseable action.
The entire set of action figure portraits is on now on view at Gallery 42 in Mason, Ohio. Contact them about portrait prices.
I am also taking commissions for portraits of your childhood toys.

I still have the 6 million dollar man, and Evel Knievel, and some Planet of the Apes action figure to paint. 

American Heroes, oil on linen, each 2.5" X 1.5", ©copyright Richard Luschek 2012

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