I knew the ink would bleed as soon as I came close enough to it with my brush.
The night was young and I hadn’t yet shifted into painting mode. My brush hesitated, fearful of the black ink bleed. My mood throughout the day had been a bit dark and I didn’t want to carry that darkness into the night’s experience of the music, nor into the expression on Todd’s face. The ink lines already expressed a tension in his brow that I felt in my own. After the first few tentative strokes of color I stopped. For me, the painting works in its simplicity of color.
Painting: dip pen in black ink followed by a few strokes of watercolor washes.
Todd Wolfe playing at the Todd Wolfe Blues Jam, March 8, 2011, Larry Holmes Ringside Restaurant, Easton, PA.