Community Remains Oil Portrait Number 33
2-hour oil sketch or custom painting oil portrait hand painted from life
BFA thesis original oil paintings project Community Remains in partial requirement for a BFA in Drawing and Painting for Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC).Read Tali’s 2020 drawing and painting thesis Community Remains here.
He was only in one class with me but this OCAC student always said hi or asked me how I was; he complemented me on whatever painting I was working on. I’m always a little suspicious when random people are nice to me.
When I was visited the US for the first time at the wise old age of seven, my dad took me to a little breakfast diner. After the waitress told us to have a nice day I was incensed! What business is it of hers if I have a nice day?! I whispered to my dad in Hebrew, livid at her rudeness of being nice to a stranger. I guess I’ve never quite outgrown that suspicion. While painting this guy, it took a me a moment to put it all together in my head, but once I did, I couldn’t stop seeing my answer. It was there all along, in his eyes, in his demeanor... even in his paintings, masked as they were. Why didn’t I see it before I painted him?
I solved several little mysteries like this while painting my schoolmates. There is a lot of stuff swirling around in my head, fragments taunting me, begging to grow up into sentences. When I painted the portraits the pieces magically found their place, and my world became ordered, if ever so briefly. As it turns out some people are just really nice. It feels flat when I write it down, but there is a clear revelation there for me, and the only word that comes close to it is nice, as lame as that sounds. So I hope y’all have a nice day too.