Day 5. So it’s a tradition for me to paint Bert during these challenges, especially if there’s a holiday weekend.
This is from last month when my cousin’s daughter, Jamie, came out to visit from the east coast. She’d visited two other times. I vaguely remembered that 20 years earlier, I had painted her portrait and when I mentioned it, she offered to pose again. It was late and she was heading home the next morning, but we went for it, and we all had a good time. Below is the one from almost 20 years earlier.
I just counted these:15 floral, 8 still life, 5 plein air, and 2 portraits. Please let me know which are your favorites. I guess now I take a break and figure where I want to go from here. I think I’m torn between wanting to do more developed work, like the first 3, and doing more studies more like the last 8. Maybe I will alternate? I have a serious situation going on at my job and ordinarily I’d feel like I just don’t have it in me to paint until that is behind me, but maybe that’s not the right idea. We’ll see. I had a whole weekend of non-art related activity planned and it all got cancelled…so suddenly have a free weekend. But there’s plenty to do. A little marketing is in order about now too. Thank you for all the generous comments. I really enjoyed this round of the challenge, even with all the juggling of vacation, work, etc. Grateful to have had the opportunity to participate once again.
The truth is B does not want to just sit for me, so I let him work on the laptop while I’m painting and ask him to look at me when I’m doing his eyes. Not optimal, but that is how I did yesterday’s portrait. So for this one I just let him look down. I had to start this one over a couple of times. I tease him about how he squeezes all of those features into his face, because he is surprisingly difficult to capture–he has a pretty long nose, and large lips and by the time I get to them I either have to enlarge the head…or start over! (He makes up for it with great coloring!)
Can’t do the challenge without a picture of Bert! I think I’m getting somewhere here! Another one tomorrow. (Oh yeah, the title is what he said the guy who gave him his haircut that day told him he did.)
So I don’t know why I did this today. I even bought a beautiful posey of pink roses I wanted to paint after lunch. This was so difficult! It narrowly escaped me swiping it with turps and a rag. If not for the challenge, I probably would have. Either that, or at least have waited to work on it again tomorrow. I caught a glimpse of myself in the bathroom mirror and the light was coming in from the room next to it…so I thought I’d try it again. I couldn’t see myself as well since the mirror was farther away…making it really hard to see what the heck my lips looked like…but I thought it would force me to be more painterly…Yeah, right…I do like the strong light…I think I should give it a rest though and come back to do another one in a week or so.
I guess I like a challenge. I was listening to a video about learning self love through “mirror work” and since I’m feeling like I need a little more of that, what better mirror work than another self portrait? The light was low so I used the daylight from the window and an overhead electric light in the narrow space I did this in. I tried to be a little more careful with the drawing this time too. I wish I could do one head on but there really isn’t room for the easel right now at that angle. Anyway, it was engaging and maybe I will do another one or two before the month ends. One a week might be a good plan. Do you remember the one from last week? Which one do you prefer and why?
The longer title for this is “Bert Working on My Website, Yeah Right” but he does have such a sweet face…
My mind was wondering whether it made sense to paint B again after yesterday. Well, of course it did. I loved trying to figure out these subtle colors in the waning afternoon light. He thinks his eyes look dark. Well, I told him, you want to read the computer, so that’s what you get!
Facebook reminded me that I had painted B last year on New Year’s Day so I thought, “there’s an idea!” And so here he is. I’ve done many portraits of him but I think I do like this one the best to date.