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Son and Moon . 8 x 10" . oil on Arches Cold Press mounted on Archival Panel
I recently had been doing some genealogy work and had sent off my DNA for testing  - the myth in our family had been there was Native American blood on my paternal grandfather's side.  Sigh, I'm here to say there was none, and I was greatly disappointed! 
BUT, putting that aside, I had a public domain photo from 1910 on my computer for literally years - it was black and white, stark against a blank background, and I looked longingly at it every so often.  Naturally, I decided to paint it while waiting for my DNA results.  The fun was working out a color palette and then inserting a very western background.  The final touch was to add a day moon up in the right corner in order for the title "Son and Moon" to make sense.  
This, my friends, is the fun side of painting.  The progression and building up of layers, the color choices, the decisions to make on creating a sky and mountains - all ic…

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