Last night I chauffeured my friend Sheila to our monthly meeting of Alpha Rho Tau or ART. We were excited to attend and left at 5:30 to get across town to get good seats which didn't really happen. Between the stupid traffic and the "reserved" signs on the nearly entire first two rows, well, we got the best places we could. There were two artists sharing for the evening, Lopeeta Tawde, a watercolorist and jewelry designer, and a man by the working name of Cotti. Cotti is a world renowned portrait artist who has been commissioned by the likes of Sly Stone, Marlene Detrich (she died before that happened), Louis Armstrong, BB King, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and many others. Sheila and I just had to go to see his work. What an interesting guy and an opportunity.
This is one of his pieces that he is most famous for. Unfortunately, I only had my camera phone and the pictures were a bit blurry. He paints in the style of the "Old Masters", like Rembrandt. And it just so happened that it was Rembrandt's birthday yesterday.