SOLD – $2,750.00 (No Prints) – Christopher Hitchens meant a lot to tens of thousands of atheists around the world. He stood up for reason. He taught us how to think, not what to think. He is missed. Ironically, I started this paining a few weeks before he died. I did the first coat in black and white to lay it in and find my tonalities. Then, Hitchens passed. I went to finish the painting and discovered that I had lost my colored paints… all of them. I had boxed them up in a move to a new home, and now they were gone. I had my brushes, palettes, easel, gessos, glazes, drawing supplies, etc… but no colored paints.
However, I didn’t want this to deter me. So, I finished the piece in black and white. Strangely, it worked. Being an “in memoriam” painting, the black and white seemed more somber, was quicker to achieve the finished painting than in color, and I was able to change it with more proficiency than when I work in color.
This painting was the FIRST black and white portrait I did… and the antithesis to every other portrait you see on this site. It sold for $2,750.00 to a great guy in Oklahoma City. A big chunk of that went to helping SOMA put on ReasonFest 2 and the rest helped WeAreAtheism.com go to Washington D.C. for the Reason Rally in March of 2012.