Monday, January 5, 2009


This Portrait of Pauolo Cristobol, 40x30, oil on canvas, was accepted into the upcoming California Art Club's 98th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, April 26 - May 17, 2009. Im always happy to be in this event because it takes place in the spacious Pasadena Museum of California Art. 

My intention in this portrait was to convey a sense of Paulo's singularity, thoughtfulness, strength and virility. To achieve this aim, I used a limited range of toned down complimentary colors, a strong focal point and straightforward heroic composition. 

I met Pauolo at an art opening, hired him for a modeling session, lost contact and now all I know is he lives somewhere in mainland Mexico.

Oil on Canvas Panel          40x30"


Marian Fortunati said...

It's really gorgeous! Congratulations...
Can't wait to see it in person at the show.

Edward Burton said...

WOW, amazing portrait! Well done!

Mona said...

This is a very powerful portrait. I love the handling of the form and light upon the arms, the details of jewelry. I feel I know his internal 'story' just from seeing it.

Also, a lovely tribute to Pam Whidden and a great achievement for Stephanie's large portrait. These kinds of things make it all the effort worthwhile.

Nava said...

That's a very powerful portrait. He has a great face!!

Ken Goldman said...

Thank you Nava.

I wish I could find him again. He's does not know how it turned out.

Congratulations on your inclusion in the Palette magazine. You summed up the emotions of waiting very well! I can relate.

Been at this since the 70's and nervous anticipation still remains.

Enjoyed reading back into your blog...great idea to include videos such as "doghoouse."

Marilyn Webberley said...

Congratulations, Ken! I was in the area several years ago during their annual exhibition and was able to attended. A beautiful venue and many fine painters. I can highly recommend a visit!