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Chillin’ at Folklife


As I sit here today, cringing every time the wind throws more rain on my window, I think back to the warm weekend of the Folklife festival It was such a glorious day, my dear husband and I took many photos because it seemed that everyone had come out to enjoy the music and the sunshine.

I have a weakness for handsome young men, and this guy showed so much verve that I had to make a portrait of him. I took his photo to save for a time that I could sit down and paint him. And here he is, showing his sartorial splendor and his wonderful attitude. This is republished from 2012.

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  1. IntenseGuy
    March 18th, 2014 at 10:04 | #1

    Now “that” is ART!!!!

    Move over Renoir…

  2. February 26th, 2012 at 07:51 | #2

    great work!! happy PPF

  3. Liz
    February 26th, 2012 at 01:51 | #3

    I like the freedom in the brushstrokes in this. Nice use of colour.


  4. February 25th, 2012 at 11:14 | #4

    Wonderful painting! Your style of putting in so much detail without losing focus on the central character is lovely.

  5. February 25th, 2012 at 00:50 | #5

    wow… this post made my way in more ways than you’ll even imagine ๐Ÿ˜€ great portrait

  6. February 24th, 2012 at 21:23 | #6

    i totally love your fresh and loose style and the details I see!!

  7. February 24th, 2012 at 18:48 | #7

    Lovely portrait and painting.
    Imagine if the fellow comes upon his portrait one day down the road …a beautiful gift.

  8. February 24th, 2012 at 17:57 | #8

    You did a FAB job. Wow. Love the detail you created without lines even. Nice job. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. February 24th, 2012 at 17:53 | #9

    This is a very fun painting! I think you did a great job capturing this guy’s attitude.

  10. February 24th, 2012 at 16:52 | #10

    really cool!

  11. February 24th, 2012 at 15:38 | #11

    Quality painting ~ love it! ~namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor) Happy PPF

    ps. word verification on my blog should be off ~ please let me know if it isn’t ~ thanks.

  12. February 24th, 2012 at 14:23 | #12

    It’s great to be able to reminisce with a painting. Yours is lovely. You definitely captured his attitude and the fun of the day! Happy PPF!

  13. February 24th, 2012 at 10:20 | #13

    Wonderful portrait and such great, sunny weekend atmosphere! <3

  14. February 24th, 2012 at 10:09 | #14

    Beautiful painting and post!
    You most definitely captured his personality!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  15. February 24th, 2012 at 09:03 | #15

    What a beautiful portrait! Love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. February 24th, 2012 at 08:10 | #16

    He is great! He almost looks like a bigger, heavier set Brad Pitt. Worth capturing indeed!

  17. February 24th, 2012 at 08:08 | #17

    What a great painting!! i love that nothing is too detailed… and even in the painting, I can tell he’s handsome. ๐Ÿ™‚ That folklife festival sounds like it would be right up my alley. xoxo

  18. Carol Samsel
    February 24th, 2012 at 07:28 | #18

    You have captured him well…love all of the details.

  19. February 24th, 2012 at 07:00 | #19

    Great painting.
    Happy PPF!
    Sheri Cook/Happy Horse Studio

  20. February 24th, 2012 at 06:54 | #20

    Yeah handsome young men kind of bring a smile to my face too. Wonderful painting.

  21. February 24th, 2012 at 06:49 | #21

    What a stunning painting. Love the details – right down to the converse star!

  22. February 24th, 2012 at 06:17 | #22

    Great portrait! You did such a terrific job capturing his attitude, right down to the red Converse.

  23. February 24th, 2012 at 05:49 | #23

    Stunning – your painting has such feeling to it- so happy! Glad the festival was rain free!

  24. February 24th, 2012 at 05:17 | #24

    Very good, and very worked details. Saludos

  25. February 24th, 2012 at 02:17 | #25

    What a wonderful painting! This must have been a wonderful day outside.

  26. February 24th, 2012 at 02:12 | #26

    what a cool guy! I love your soft colours… great art!

  27. February 24th, 2012 at 01:59 | #27

    wow this is a fabulous painting and can see why you painted him…….woo hoo. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend, Annette x

  28. February 24th, 2012 at 01:05 | #28

    this is really gorgeous, i love your watercolour style, you make it look effortless and what a great pose he was in for you to capturefor posterity!

  29. February 24th, 2012 at 00:31 | #29

    Wow! That is fabulous! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. February 24th, 2012 at 00:10 | #30

    Fantastic job! I love how you captured the background activity but he still stands out.

  31. February 23rd, 2012 at 23:00 | #31

    This is a wonderful picture – so evocative of your day at Folklife.

  32. February 23rd, 2012 at 22:44 | #32

    oops, I meant “job”

  33. February 23rd, 2012 at 22:43 | #33

    How nice of him to allow you to paint him. You did a fabulous job. Love the way you painted the light. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. February 23rd, 2012 at 22:43 | #34

    What a wonderful jog, Mimi. I enlarged it so I could really enjoy all the layering of color. Really amazing atmosphere and wonderful attitude of your young “dude”! I think he knows he is a “Babe”!

  35. February 23rd, 2012 at 22:42 | #35

    You’ve captured this beautifully, love the red tennis shoes! Happy Paint Party Friday! #5 ~Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

  36. February 23rd, 2012 at 22:38 | #36

    Great portrait. . . I enjoy looking at him. Blessings, Janet PPF

  37. February 23rd, 2012 at 22:26 | #37

    Very nice painting!

  38. February 23rd, 2012 at 22:21 | #38

    Sartorial splendor indeed! I usually make up stories about people who look interesting, and this man does look like he leads an interesting life!

  39. February 23rd, 2012 at 06:27 | #39

    Nice painting Mimi.

  40. February 23rd, 2012 at 03:33 | #40


    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog the other day. I hesitated to sign the food blog up for the
    A-Z Challenge, but now I’m really glad that I did! Your work is beautiful! The colors are so atmospheric. And the folklife festival looks like it was fun!

    Enjoy the Challenge! I’m looking forward to reading as many posts as I can!

    Nice to meet you,

  41. February 22nd, 2012 at 20:01 | #41

    You are so talented. That young man may grow old and grey, but you have captured his youth and physicality for all time. I scrolled down your site, and will enjoy visiting you. Susan

  42. admin
    February 22nd, 2012 at 13:03 | #42

    I took this photo a few years ago. I do not know his name. The only exchange we had was smiles.

  43. Kittie Howard
    February 22nd, 2012 at 12:56 | #43

    Wow, you truly captured him. (You are soooo talented.) He is an engaging young man. His expression is life itself. Does he know you painted his portrait? Gosh, what a forever gift your portrait would be from someone in his family.

  44. admin
    February 20th, 2012 at 07:40 | #44

    I love folklife, it’s neat to know that you were there too. I’m glad you like him.

  45. February 19th, 2012 at 09:19 | #45

    Oh! I’m in love…again!!! He is a darling thing, Mimi, and YOU! did a marvelous portrait of him. I’ve attended that Folklife Festival (in my ancient past) and fallen in love with the Marimba bands. Thanks for the memories!

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