Watercolor-Steve McQueen, SOLD 12/10/10 by Barbara Sparhawk

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In honor of Oscars night, a favorite actor
Portrait of Steve McQueen
Water color and ink on paper
From an old photo in a local magazine. McQueen used to do a lot of racing at the nearby Laguna Seca racetrack. Someone got a shot of him just pulling off the goggles, mud and grease on his face, in his leathers, and wearing that
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he did so well and made him so interesting to watch as an actor.

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  • Barssel
    Barsselalmost 7 years ago

    Steve McQueen is one of my favourite actors of all time……………..my Dad took me to see Bullit when I was about 12 and I looked for Steve McQueen movies from then on. This is a great likeness Barb, you have captured that sparkle in his eyes…………well done.

  • Thanks so much, Adrian. You always make wonderful comments. Really such an interesting actor, I don’t think I’ve ever not loved one of his movies. Bullit a favorite, too. The Great Escape.Thomas Crown Affair. So many.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • whisperingruth
    whisperingruthalmost 7 years ago

    Oh Barbara…………fascinating portrait of Steve………..Great Escape is one of my all time favorite movies……….they just don’t make movies like that any more nor men like McQueen!! Truly wonderful art piece………..

  • Ruth, thanks so much! Very fond of the man, wish we still had him around. Great Escape was terrific, I agree, think he did all his own stunts on the bike. Thanks for all you’ve said, XXOO

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • photos40
    photos40almost 7 years ago

    Just a beautiful portrait. Steve would have been very proud of this piece. My favorite was Wanted Dead or Alive.

  • Thank you, photos40, very kind. That was a terrific series, he was made for speed and gunslinging.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • CKEphotos
    CKEphotosalmost 7 years ago

    Steve McQueen is so larger than life….. this portrait captures that essence of the man….. outstanding on so many levels…I love how you have portrayed this expression, especially his eyes, so full of life!

  • Thanks so much, CKEphotos, I agree. That wonderful simmering quality, the danger to him was riveting. Your complement is very kind, glad you like the portrait.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • dairygirl08
    dairygirl08almost 7 years ago

    yet another fantastic portrait, you captured him very well

  • Much appreciated, dairygirl. I figured I owed you all some contemporaries (almost, by a few decades anyway). You work on these things until you see a familiar expression looking back. Some of the detail’s lost in my bad photography, I need to get a digital camera that works!

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • blamo
    blamoalmost 7 years ago

    another supreme actor tremendous style you have …………

  • Thank you blamo! Very kind of you.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • SandeElkins
    SandeElkinsalmost 7 years ago

    You capture something very personal in your portraits, such depth of spirit. It’s like looking into the face of an old friend. Dead too soon, this one. I’ve often wondered what amazing roles he might have played in old age if he’d made it that far. I always loved him because he looks just like my one and only older brother whom I always idolized.

  • How lovely of you to say, Sande, thank you so much. I feel the same, wish he were still here because he’d only have gotten better and better. You’re a superb portraitist, your praise means a lot.
    But to the real point, I want ot meet your brother. I idolize him already.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • MinoYasue
    MinoYasuealmost 7 years ago

    He was such great actor; it is so sad he had to go so early. The drama within this image is so impacting as to illustrate his traded fate.

  • Thank you Yasue, for all you said. Very dramatic guy indeed, and that wonderful kind of about-to-erupt volcanic quality to him. I appreciate your comments so much.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • Jeff  Burns
    Jeff Burnsalmost 7 years ago

    gorgeous work its beautiful

  • pjm123
    pjm123almost 7 years ago

    nice work Barbara :) what a cool dude… a really lovable rogue and fine actor, and probably responsable for making every guy want a Ford Mustang GT Fastback!!!

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