I have been preparing for a series of art shows coming up. No more preparation. The website’s complete, the paintings are varnished, the little details are taken care of. Now all I need is you there. It’s always important for an artist to have his fans there, even if they can’t make it, at least being supportive is very cool.
For the last few weeks I have been getting so much ready, and I can’t believe it’s finally here. I’ll be doing 6-8 shows in July and August. Most important, I will be painting during the show, hopefully while gaining new friends and fans and buyers. I may be the only American in the show, I haven’t heard of any others yet. Some of the foreign artists are from places like Russia and India. I’ll be posting more in the near future, meanwhile enjoy my newly designed website and videos coming soon. I promise!
Here’s the evolution of Joanne. I’m a man of few words and a lot of brushstrokes, so here it is. I started out with a great drawing, and I probably spent way too much time, around 4-6 hours perfecting the details of the smile, nose and eyes. I respect that drawing is a foundation and blueprint for the painting to come, so I take it seriously. I want to get the details right so I won’t second-guess myself later.
Next, I lay in the skin tones of the head. I’m a big fan of Zorn, who used just black, white, yellow and red for his portraits. I go a similar route, so I could keep it simple. When the face and hair are done, then I move to other parts of the the body and then the background. I’m comfortable with that, whether it’s right or wrong, who cares. It’s right for me. I went through 5-6 layers for the face, so it could look more like a 4-year old and less like an adult.
Finally, I put in the background, which is really another painting in itself. I like to make it very loose and abstract, just keep it solid. After all, the subject is the star, and the background is just…well it’s the background. It’s important, but it’s best not to over-think it.
The second painting of this series, the mischievous 4-year old boy in my class. I had to get that look just right, like a smart pouting look. I’m loosing up a bit with this painting and tightening up around smaller features like the eyes, nose and mouth. I wanted a more “pure” look as well, with a soft brush-blending to the face and even an abstract look to the clothes.
The last thing was the background. At first I was deciding on a teal blue or orange. There was already enough blue, and an orange/brownish color would offset the whole headshot. It’s not perfect, but as long as an artist paints portraits, I don’t expect perfection anymore. I expect a passionate rendering of the subject.