Fairfield Porter, which I was thinking about at the time. I believe I went through every book on his work in our city's library system. I love the way F.P. painted around his home (or right outside his home). The portraits of his children, wife and friends ( male lovers?). The sittings are casual, the sitters are usually doing something quite normal, like eating at the breakfast table, reading, playing the piano, lying in bed with a headache- I guess that's what I mostly delight in , F. Porter painting 'life as usual'. The above is a rough copy of a painting of his daughter Lizzie, at the breakfast table- I studied the composition and the way he worked with values- I felt my work was (and gulp!- often still is...- wishy-washy- so I always have to be extra vigilant about my values)-
I have also made a note in my sketchbook that I saw similarities here with Bonnard's 'The Lamp'. I don't remember this, but I will look it up again. Fun.
This is another rough, little copy of a F.Porter painting-'Island Farmhouse-(1969)- the dog sitting in the shade on a hot, sunny day- while this is a value study, the most gorgeous element in the actual painting is F.Porter's use of yellow -In my notes:' he has just squeezed out the very essence of this. Summer lemonade.'
Best thing to contemplate in mid-February!