I can just hear the hum of a restaurant kitchen when I look at this painting. Waiting for great food, talking with dear friends and family, enjoying a glass of fine red wine. I think that’s the making of a great moment. You know such good things coming you’ll wait right there.
I just love the mustard and red colours together. I think these are my favorite colours in the world…yummy.
I have been listening to the news lately and my heart goes out to all those families affected by the conflicts in the Middle East, and the men and women who have to go out there, I can’t even imagine what that must be like.
This painting is larger than the studies I have been doing, it wasn’t something I consciously chose, it just turned out that way. Here I chose to paint this image of a soldier on a red background, to bring another dimension to the image, and bring out the depth of colour.
A happy man, with his glowing hair.
A few have remarked that several of the Faces paintings look as though I’ve rushed through them – well that’s the idea here. They’re studies. They’re not commissioned portraits. The experience here is to intuitively approach each one differently. And stop when my brain says stop. The lesson to me with painting is, placing brush strokes down quickly and deliberately. As to why I’m persuaded to labour over some and not others is even more fascinating. It’s an exercise in going with your gut.
Here is the first of my black backgrounds, and as you can see I’ve not completely finished the painting. You can still see the drawing marks by his ear. I photographed it out of curosity to see how it would look as the eyes were so deep set and dark. I can assure you that they look much better when viewing the actual painting.
She looks like she could be anyone’s grandmother. We all have memories of being fed by a woman like this. I wanted this to be very loose, like Michele Torrez, the artist who so inspires me to grab a big brush and block it in, just paying attention to the shapes and brush strokes.
Here I used an orange ground colour and used it as part of the young woman’s skin colour.
I love these warm up excercises, their purpose is to get my brain going, putting colour down and go with the flow. It’s like a great coffee in the morning.