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When Paul Plays

Shani Sohn

Toronto, Canada

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This painting is included in The Double Bass: Playing It for Laughs, the video I made for Paul.
You can view this video on my Vimeo site at https://vimeo.com/shanisohn/bass.

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

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.

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.

© 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.

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