Like any good thing, an oil painting takes time. I started this piece in 2011 and am just now finally realizing my vision. Sometimes I can see the finished work in my mind before I have the necessary skills to complete it.
You see, canvas is like a big thirsty sponge. It just keeps soaking up the paint. Especially with a large piece like this, it takes quite a lot of oil paint to cover the surface. I dont even know how many layers of paint and how many hours I painted now, but it’s substantial!
Fred has now passed and Im so grateful to have known lim, drawn him and listened to his stories. I hope he’s smiling down from heaven on all those who remember his legacy through this painting. We love you, Fred!