“Adoration of the Artist,” John Lasater IV, oil. John is a northwest Arkansan known for his award-winning plein air landscapes. But here is a studio portrait. So soft and quiet. All low chroma, tertiary colors. Compressed value range, middle tones with no bright lights or deep darks. Window light on a cloudy afternoon. A tender portrayal by a father of his beloved daughter. By the gesture of her hands and direction of her gaze, I can imagine an omitted smart phone keeping her entertained while Dad played with his brushes. Visit John at lasaterart.com.