Monday, March 12, 2012
New Week, More Portraiture Agonies
Right after I finish the laundry:
Above is a charcoal, twenty minute more-or-less impression of my number one son and most cherished technological adviser. I'm getting tired of scrutinizing my aging image. He will be my next portraiture victim for the sake of art.
Art wasn't the big deal over the weekend; Honey's computer was. Honey's monitor gave out--screen went nearly black. Our tech adviser flew into town to his dad's rescue and analyzed the situation. He pronounced the laptop obsolete and took us to Best Buy where, with his expert guidance, we got a shiny new one with a new operating system and larger monitor screen. We took our hero to lunch. Then the rest of the day was spent nervously watching him set up, hook up and the transfer files to the new machine. I served the wine. When our guy rode off into the sunset, everything was humming softly, particularly Honey.
Looser strokes with no blending would make me happier. In the shower this AM, (my thinking place), doing another painting intuitively--my normal approach to flowers and landscapes--might be what I need to get me excited? Reviewing Frans Hal's work moved me--even though my third son asked when we spoke on Sunday, "Who's the clown with the wild hair in your blog."
POST SCRIPT: I read an interesting thing in Victoria Lisi's book, Vibrant Children's Portraits. She uses colored pencil for very fine details--like eyelashes and eyebrows. That never occurred to me. I tried it on the older child's eyelashes and the pencils did nice things. Of course the paint must be totally dry. --Victoria's portraits are vibrant--not in brush stroke, in color. Orange seems to be a favorite skin tone or the photography of her art wasn't good enough? Nonetheless, the book is worthwhile. She discusses children's physical proportions as compared to adult's thoroughly, spacial information I needed to review.