Starting with an out-of-focus black-and-white photo from the late 1940’s (husband’s family). Four versions. Each very informative to me. The perhaps“silliest” version (#3) contained the most emotional content, which I tried to put into version 4. What do you think?
With some jobs, you get a snow day. I took a snow week. (Hey, there’s still snow in my yard – that counts.) Didn’t get to the studio to paint, but sketched on light rail and painted one chicken this week.
I DO like doing portraits. I do, I do!
At the studio an art session was offered for the kids in the neighborhood. One child showed up. She was welcomed and then given a ten foot roll of paper on the floor, markers, crayons, pencils. She was happy for an hour.
I decided to give myself a play day. Warmed up with graphite mark-making session, then my fav – a charcoal portrait, then got the acrylic paints out for experiments. A tight poet laureate, Donald Hall, and a loose idea of a horse’s back.
I guess I had one more figure to do! This is in progress – not finished yet.
So here’s my last of five figures, all painted from photos from the Croquis Cafe art model resource online. I ended up feeling like the photos had less detail than I had in doing (face) portraits. Next I need to find some live models and try it out!
I’m done (just for now) with portraits – so very grateful to my models. I learned so much. Next project will be to translate my charcoal figure drawings into paint. Always nice to have a direction.
Here are some odds and ends – guess which is which:
1. further development of an abstract
2. further development of a landscape
3. final stages of a friend’s portrait
4. a greeting card
This is personal. “Bring yourself in,” said my drawing teacher in Portland. To bring myself in takes practice, trust, humility, diminished ego, diminished fears, quieted judgement and self- criticism. That same teacher urged us to separate creating from judging. The judging mind cannot create, he’d say.
I’ve been working with delightful and generous friends, painting their portraits. I’ve begun to learn about working with live people, including realizing I don’t have their permission to post their portraits without their say-so. So I’ll get back to that!
Meanwhile, a day spent on opening up to finding myself in pencil and paint.