Thursday, June 7, 2012

Magic Man

I had the pleasure of meeting local magician Tony Blanco at the Day of the Dead exhbition at City Arts Gallery in 2010.  His card tricks were so amazing, I was blown away!!  He just really had a magical aura about him.  I was so saddened to hear last week that he had passed away.  Years ago he had contacted me online and asked me if I would be interested in painting his portrait and perhaps working on a logo for him.  I can't remember exactly what my response was, but it was probably something along the lines of..."I'm really horrible at painting men, not sure if I can do it."
After I heard about his passing, I decided...Ok I've really got to do this. 
It was probably one of the funnest (yes it's a word) paintings that I've created to date. I just really wish I would have done it for him years ago, that is my regret.  Last night I went to Full Circle Brewing Co., where there was a benefit held in his honor to help raise funds for his medical expenses and services.  My painting was up for auction to help with that, and I really hope that it went to a good home! R.I.P Tony!

"Magic Man" portrait of the late magician, Tony Blanco. (mixed media, 2012)