Friday, November 7, 2008

From The Vault: "FDR" - 1996

Presidents have been on my mind a lot this week (can't imagine why), so I thought I'd dig out a regular subject of mine, my favorite President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

I call him my favorite partly because I have an affinity for the eras he so defined (the 30s and 40s), partly because he accomplished so much, and partly because he seemed to be the last guy who actually liked being President (when asked once if he enjoyed being President, he answered "Of course! Who wouldn't?"). That spirit, that joy, is something I hope maybe, just maybe, we'll be seeing again soon.

Anyway, I did a bunch of FDR portraits (I was reading Doris Kearns Goodwin's book No Ordinary Time around this time), and this one came out the best--I think it captured what I saw in the man, even if, looking back over it, I don't think I would've had so much black on the piece--reversing to a white background may have given it a brighter, cheerier look. Oh well, live and learn.

1 comment:

Craig Zablo said...

I just discovered your blog and love that you've started one. I'd visit your web site every so often, but with the blog, I can look forward to regular posts of your art! Thanks for sharing your talents.