|Work in progress, oil, going for the wild coloring of flash photography.|
While this beast is a bit more wild than when I started, he's still not wild enough. This occurred to me last week after staring at the three headed portrait for months as it hung on the studio wall. At first I thought it needed more blue and before I knew it I wanted more pure color everywhere and let the likenesses be whatever; Timidness was not a trait of the Fauves. This realization brought back my original idea: a colorful, loose painting of three grotesque heads. I used my three sons as references of course. This is the type of thing you want to keep in the family.
My energy and enthusiasm returned after my lung cancer scare and side effect bum leg from being in an .awkward op pose for hours, I am slowly getting back into the studio with a slow painting process: the Venetian technique. The pace of it, is just right for now. I am doing a portrait of my friend's husband who passed away a couple of months ago. He was a lively fellow who played a mean guitar and taught others to play as well. Music was his life. This is the reference I'm using. The photograph was shot by his wife. It stands on it's own as a beautiful piece of work. The guitar takes the picture to another level, more worldly. I like the serious, professional look on this man's face. It's the look all of us have when deep in concentration at the easel. The Venetian approach suits the subject.
Nan, Beach People Series; 30 minute daily drawing, graphite, 8" x 6"
|Sour Puss, Beach People Series; 30 minutes daily drawing, graphite 8" x 6"|
|Selfie in progress using Conte, 30 minute daily drawing that will get more time. I'm looking for upbeat.|