Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Free Portraits, March 31

Although I am posting one portrait everyday, I can not complete a portrait in just one day. I try to start a few new ones each day and let them dry overnight before I continue. Usually after the 3rd day of work, I am finished; hopefully before I over work them.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Portrait Project, Monday, March 30. Free Portraits

This is the kind of portrait I want to make. Some kind people have sent me low contrast photos, eyes covered in dark glasses, and so much background that if I crop all that out, the face is still too small.
Remember, I am painting your portrait for free, so I am not obligated to use every photo I receive. I appreciate the response and will attempt to use every photo, if I can see your features.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Portrait Project, Day Three

I will be posting the process of the paintings everyday. I am having a great time; struggling to keep the faces impressionist with lots of loose, colorful painting. I still am overworking a bit, but I have a long way to go before this project is completed.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What kind of a painting are You?

Take my new quiz and let me know what you think. All the paintings are mine.


I've started the portraits

It is fun to be back in the studio again. I have begun the portraits for my project.

I've received some wonderful photos, but still need more. So send me images of your faces and I will interpret them in my own style. Right now I am using oil on black panels.
The style might change as I progress. You can see the progress on this blog.

 Check back tomorrow to see the progress on this face.

Friday, March 20, 2015

When a collector connects

Twice this week paintings have sold out of my home gallery to collectors who felt what I had felt when I created these works. Four of my paintings have found new homes.

When I am working, I always ask myself "What is the purpose of making this painting? What message and energy will it carry? Does it have a reason for being?"

A reason for being is very important to me. There is always a connecting story in the series that I make. That is probably why there are sometimes months in between series. I have to be excited about the linking essence of each painting in the series.

The first 2 images below are from the series, "The Time of Witness" It took me deep into the lives of many of the strong Mexican women who live in my town. At the time I had a good Mexican friend , Maria Teresa, who had spent 25 years in the States, had been a navy nurse and had returned to Mexico to become more Indigenous every day. She was a practicing shaman and was the first person to tell me that what I thought I saw in the Mexicans' friendly faces was not the truth; they all wear an invisible mask. And they were not "monkeys in zoo" to be photographed, painted and their images made into postcards. Because she knew me and my intentions to portray the strength and wisdom of these incredibly strong women, Maria Teresa personally took me into the homes of several woman that she knew would be of interest to me, introduced me as an artist who was going to make paintings honoring them .

I saw situations I would never have seen without Maria Teresa. Some very poor homes, with dirt floors, no electricity or running water. What I did see was the pride and strength, particularly of the woman in the painting below and she became the star of my solo gallery show. This was the last painting I did of her that sold yesterday.

My soul is nurtured when a viewer reacts to my work with the same connection I felt while painting it and when they want to make that painting a part of their lives, it reassures me that I have spent my life doing the right thing working through the struggle to make my work have a reason for being.

The story of the butterfly painting was posted on this blog in 2012 http://eschwanwinding.blogspot.mx/2012/02/monarch-butterfly-sanctuary.html
Strength of the Years, encaustic on board, 24" x 24"

El Mercado, encaustic on board, 24" x 24"   

Monarchs in Mexico, carved encaustic on board. I had just returned from the Monarch sanctuary