I admired the new eye glasses while on Zoom and wanted to take a closer look. She sent me a selfie. Every time I saw it in my flies I thought it an interesting reference to paint – and so I did. The painting is so reflective of the times we live in and of course the “readers” are very cute!
I was walking in Greenwich Village, New York a few years ago when I spotted a young man photographing his client.This photographer had, an interesting and creative lock hair style. I wanted to photograph him. He was working but I was hopeful he would allow a brief intrusion – just a couple shots of him. He smiled and permitted me to do so. I attempted this painting once before, in color and in a more conventional style. Ultimately, I didn’t like it and sanded it down to reuse the panel. That was probably 4 years ago. This is a new version. So far, I’m liking it, though as always, I’m always prone to make changes.
I’ve shied away from the complexity of painting the brick wall and netting she is draped in for long enough. It was actually challenging but interesting to do. Now I can stop looking at that photo and wondering if I would ever paint it. I took the photo of this model more than 10 years ago. It’s also interesting that I described the complexity of painting the background elements and attire before even thinking about the models face. I call that progress!
Not sure where you are but it’s now dark at 5p.m where I live in Poulsbo, WA. We’ve had a rainy week and a tornado watch as well. I’m so glad I love painting. I’m never at a loss as to how to spend my day. Hope your life goes well wherever you are. Winifred
Have you seen her before? The last time you saw this lovely lady she had her hands covering her face. No wonder you don’t recognize her!
With her bone structure and the way light graces her face, I thought I should uncover it for this painting. Throughout the summer at a certain time of the morning, I would often observe light coming through a certain window and think ” I must capture a portrait in this light”. On a certain day, I had that opportunity. One only has to “see” the light and recognize it’s potential. I had no idea what an important role my dramatic portrait photography would play in my portrait paintings. It’s also a good thing I enjoy costume design via paint. She was wearing a little black tee with sunflowers but I decided to create her as more regal.
Below, is the previous portrait I posted – her hands covering her face. I really like the painting but wanted to show her face as well. Hope you enjoy both. Winifred