Don’t Just Stand There. Squint

11 x 14 in. oil on canvas (JMN 2021)

My approach to Clint is to grace him with a mighty hat and a bodacious cheroot. Outside the frame he’s packing heat, of course.

Clint Eastwood personifies a school of movie acting whose slogan is “Don’t just do something. Stand there.” Perhaps he said it himself. I read somewhere that Eastwood’s signature presence on camera has been crafted around a style of minimalism in gesture and expression. Well conceived. The camera, after all, not only adds weight, it also magnifies motion (and emotion) — the opposite of opera and stage, where projection is crucial.

(c) 2021 JMN — EthicalDative. All rights reserved

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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