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The Quiet Man (2) by emcorpus The Quiet Man (2) by emcorpus
This mixed media painting is a companion piece to the charcoal drawing The Quiet Man (1). Both are portraits of Bruno "Pete" Peters. In Quiet Man 1, he is shown as a World War II fighter pilot, when he was considered the "old man" of his squadron at the age of 28. The second one is contemporary, at the age of 98. (This is a birthday gift.) The two are portrayals of the same man separated by 70 years. As in Quiet Man 1, I would caption this "He let his warplanes and his saxophones make the noise."

Update: This great man departed this time-space manifold on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, just two months short of his 101st birthday. He is sorely missed.

20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.6 cm)
rendered mostly in pastels, with compressed charcoal, acrylic gesso and paint on canvas panel

All images in the galleries of E. M. Corpus are protected by copyright 2015, and not in the public domain.
They may not be reproduced or otherwise used without written permission and express consent of the artist.
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DDGrafix Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018  Professional General Artist
Brilliant! I can almost hear the sultry tenor tones :)
meregoddess Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know this guy.  He is the epitome of all jazz players and blues players.  I've sat beside men just like this one and played with them, my soul enthralled by their talent and my desire to be as free as them when they play.  This is a fantastic portrayal.  Now I have to go look for Quiet Man 1.  lol 
m-gosia Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
Clap :) (Smile) 
Linasart Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016   Traditional Artist
Very interesting painting technique! Beautiful and great art work!
monikatom Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
JREKAS Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Very good !!!!!!!!!!!!
LB-enzo Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Masterful use of mixed media =D. Myself, haven't been able to really do acrylic work (lack of time to practice) so i adore pieces such as this. Gr8 work
emcorpus Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Lorenzo. In this case, I didn't really use acrylic colors, but acrylic gesso for both 1) sealing over sections of the pastel so that I could apply more pastel on top, and 2) taking advantage of the smearing effect that acrylic gesso has on compressed charcoal -- it seems to turn the compressed charcoal into a kind of dense black paint. I got the idea to experiment with mixing these media from a favorite fine artist, Derek Jones, and now I'm hooked on it.
LB-enzo Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice... Not something I would have thought of. Heck it's not really used in Jamaica (from what i know) =D
A-Long-Story Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous!! Masterful colour, and fascinating subject. 
theanimeaxis Featured By Owner May 12, 2015   Traditional Artist
Beautiful job! The saxophone looks great, and you really captured its brassy shine. :)
AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
There is love in this painting, i really enjoy it
RobertoDS Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
sooo cool!! (perhaps he is really playing cool jazz!) ...  I was thinking "who is this saxophonist? I don't know him",
being a music lover i like this artwork in a special way :) (Smile) .
emcorpus Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Roberto. During WW II, when Bruno wasn't flying fighter planes in Europe, he played in jazz bands. He flew transport planes during the Korean War as well. Afterwards, he was a swing band leader. He played clarinet and violin, as well as the sax. This painting was challenging in several ways: I wanted to get away from strict photorealistic representation to try to get to the essence of the man, the contrasts and ironies between the tolls of aging and his enduring spirit and vitality. Handling color has always been challenging (why I gravitate to graphite and charcoal so much), so I wanted to push myself to go bright and loud and soft and serene. Am I making sense? Finally, this was a birthday present, so it was an especial labor of love.
silkeelise Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ow My... you actually drew a saxophone which looked like a saxphone and is complete with details!!! looks great ,greets from a saxophonist ;)
emcorpus Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Silke, thank you so much for your kind comment. The saxophone was problematic (in a good way of "problem" -- more an artistic challenge). I did want to do a fairly accurate-looking sax from the standpoint of verisimilitude. That is, I didn't want it to be so far off base that someone -- like yourself, for instance -- would be distracted by how inaccurate it was. At the same time, the focus of the portrait is on the man; so I didn't want to make the sax so detailed and prominent as to draw too much attention away from the spirit and essence of the man playing it. 
silkeelise Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
It's extremely great , the reason I looked straight at the saxophone was is because I play it, and I have drawn a saxophone more then once so I know how much horrible details and stuff are on it , the man is certainly more prominent, and I love how you just added enough details to recognize your eye of detail, ow now I'm talking about the saxophone again, but the overall painting is an  outstanding  work anyway!!!
Alizeedrawings Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The yellow behind is really cool with the blue jacket =)
I admire the face too. It's hard to represent an old man, and it's harder to draw a man playing saxophone. You did it well =)
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