I generally paint from my photographs, but every now and then my relatives or friends take a picture they think I would be interested in painting. Even using photos, I have to feel that I can give the subject some life...some movement, or I feel my painting has failed. That goes for landscapes as well as figurative work, at least for me. This Italian woman caught my cousin's eye and she thought of me. How lucky I feel to have people on the look out for quirky characters and places for me :-)
Continuing on with my "In Your Face" series, this is the second. This was a challenge due to the bright light hitting the woman's face and the shadows. I painted and wiped it off a few times before I was satisfied with the outcome. My favorite part...Her chin. Everyone keeps reminding me that a few years ago I insisted that I would never do a face because of the difficulty. I pretty much only painted people from the back....
Finally finished, and a good experience. "Getting Your Feet Wet" has two meanings here. My first really big oil painting, and since I've completed this I'm ready for another...and then there's the obvious meaning. Meanwhile I'm working on my series "In Your Face." The most wonderful thing about this thing called painting and creating is what's next. That moment when your mind starts working on the next project. I'm so very thankful :-)
I enjoyed doing this so much, I think I'm going to do a series. I've painted this man before a few times and just keep getting drawn back to his wise and worn face. Is it sadness?...maybe...or just the passage of time. Whatever it is, I keep wanting to get closer. So...Number 1 of my series "In Your Face".
Today is Tallulah's 5th birthday and this is her official portrait, kind of like Queen Elizabeth's official portrait on her milestone birthdays....She would be a very happy dog today, except we had thunder and lightning all night so she (and we) didn't get much sleep. I loved her seahorse shadow on her bed :-) Happy Birthday, Lula!!