I managed to start a new painting and work some more on some others that I started a couple of days ago.
|here are the ones in process. Top shelf is finished.|
I received this comment yesterday. I do work differently from some other figurative artists. Drawing is important in capturing a likeness, but I don't start these faces with a drawing because then I feel limited with the spontaneity and freedom of the brush strokes. To me it is like painting in a coloring book. The bold colors of the under painting do influence the finished work. Little pieces of color can peek through. Of course, I have to apply my drawing experience to create a likeness by the second or third stage of the painting. On the most successful faces, in my opinion, I still have the impressionistic brush work and colors.
It is natural for me to capture a likeness and in my student days I sometimes was criticized by fellow students, "That looks just like the model"...I would answer, "Isn't that part of the training in seeing the model?" The challenge I have set for myself in this project is to break away from any smoothing of paint; no photographic likeness ( a camera does that) and keep the face as painterly as I can.