Portraits Paintings Musicians – Sol Solman
I had met the musician Sol Soloman over ten years ago. I was invited to a recording up in a studio session on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood for the absolutely great song writer P.F Slown. P.F. Sloan had written some of the greatest hits of the sixties, “Eve of Destruction” “Secret Agent Man”, etc. and was recording some new music.
P.F died a few months ago. Sol was there for back-up with a number of other great musicians. The great bass player Phil Chen bassist for Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart and countless others was there. I have painted him also and will post his portrait at some future date. There was another great musician there, Bernard Fowler who was a back up singer and toured and recorded with the “The Stones” (who I also painted and will post sometime)
Sol had this great look that I had to paint. At the time I had been painting portraits for about six months and had not been able to do a very good job of painting them. And when I first tried to paint Sol Soloman I also struggled. The first couple of portraits musicians painting of Sol was not very good and I usually just “forget about it” and go on and paint someone else. But in this case, I really wanted to get a good painting. And with a great bit of effort over a number of days I finally was able to create the painting of Sol Soloman. A few years later, after meeting him, he tragically passed away.
I have probably painted three-hundred-and-fifty portraits paintings musicians and this is my favorite. I probably have created over two thousand pieces of art and this is in the top five paintings I have created. Although, a number of times people have come along and wanted to buy it, it is not for sale. Meeting Sol Soloman was very meaningful and the painting itself has great meaning. It was my breakthrough portrait painting which allowed me to grow as a portrait artist.