|Son #2 in progress, is looking more and more like himself in a flashy kind of way.|
|Son #2 , pencil, 2009|
Oddly enough, I'm sort of liking the effect. And I shouldn't be. But the impetus for this painting was a painting of three gruesome heads I saw in the movie Wall Street. I did imagine painting my boys that way. Then, over the last months, I learned a few things about portraiture and that idea went away. I blackened the background and began painting shapes instead of things. Now it seems I'm painting what I see again in the inferior reference photo. I've come back around.
Painting what you don't see is as big an error as using a poor reference photo. The moment will not occur again. A new photograph can never be taken. So,as long as I'm stuck with the photo and into the painting, I'm going to PUSH the envelope hard and answer the question: Does an inferior photograph really produce an inferior portrait or something more intriguing as you are forced to compensate?
THE KIDS ARE COMING! THE KIDS ARE COMING!
And aside from working on my guys, I'm cooking and freezing. Two days ago, I made gallons of Mushroom Barley soup. Yesterday, Sweet and Sour Chicken. Today on the blackboard is hamburgers and poached chicken breasts for sandwiches. I cook in bulk. I want the frig stocked and the freezer full so no time is spent puttering around the kitchen going what's to eat? I want all my time free to look at my #2 son and his lovely lady. We haven't seen them for nearly three years. and I really need a hug--although, after he sees the painting, he might object?