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With thanks to Red Bubble member Janis Zroback for supplying some technical advice that helped me to complete this painting. Janis, you are a talented, knowledgeable, patient, and generous artist and teacher.

Oils and acrylics on 18″ × 14″ canvas • Uploaded October 6, 2011

As of June 8, 2013: 1,062 views • 14 favorites • 11 features • 7 top tens

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A friend introduced me to Paul in 1993. Two years later, I married him. He’s one of the good ones. Not that we don’t drive each other crazy sometimes — we’ve been together 18 years now, so crazy happens. But, for the most part, he makes life a whole lot better. Among other things, Paul has brought music into my life. Sometimes he noodles on his bass while I’m painting. It’s a nice combo. When Paul plays, I feel better. I hum and I move. And when Paul plays, he seems to feel better too. His expression changes with the music.

Up until now, I have painted only still lifes, mostly fruit. So this portrait was quite a challenge because Paul is almost nothing like a fruit. It was a departure for me also in that it was the first time I used oil paints. At least, I started in oils, but then switched to acrylics, which are less frustrating because they dry more quickly.

When Paul Plays (2011) is my eighth painting.

© Shani Rama Sohn. All rights reserved. My images may not be used or published anywhere else without my permission. My art does not belong to the public domain. Materials may not be reproduced, uploaded, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, copied, edited or published in any form or by any means without my permission.

I am a Canadian artist. When I was younger, I drew a bit with pencil, charcoal, and oil pastels. I started painting in 2009 when I got the urge to play with colour. I took a few casual classes, but I haven’t painted long enough to feel like I know what I’m doing. Being part of the redbubble community encourages and inspires me to keep working at it. I never get tired of looking at the incredible variations of talent on display here in RB!

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  • CanyonWind
  • Wow! Just uploaded and I have a feature! I’m thrilled! Thank you so much!

    – Shani Sohn

  • Greta  McLaughlin
    Greta McLaughlinabout 3 years ago

  • Greta, thank you kindly!

    – Shani Sohn

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you Rene!

    – Shani Sohn

  • AroonKalandy
    AroonKalandyabout 3 years ago


  • Aaroon, thanks so much for this great new! I am honoured.

    – Shani Sohn

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...about 3 years ago

    Shani, this is absolutely wonderful!!!!!!

  • Diane, I am so glad to hear that you like this! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

    – Shani Sohn

  • Loui  Jover
    Loui Joverabout 3 years ago

    wonderful painting Shani

  • Loui, thanks so much! It seems I was commenting on your cello at the very same time you were commenting on my bass!

    – Shani Sohn

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsabout 3 years ago

    THANK YOU FOR SUBMITTING YOUR WORK TO The Tools Group 2 per day.

  • Thank you for accepting it!

    – Shani Sohn

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 3 years ago

    Brava! You’ve caught him, I’d say, in more ways than one. Love your description, & love the painting! ~ Sheila

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 3 years ago

    And Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Sheila, thank you so much! I love that you love it. Happy thanksgiving to you too!

    – Shani Sohn

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

    OCTOBER 10
    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated

  • Mary, you have made my day! Thanks so much for this wonderful honour!

    – Shani Sohn

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