So, this morning I celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the day off from school and work, by painting for a couple of hours. It was kind of a dreary morning, which looks nice for the painting, but it was also a good time to reflect on the difference that good people can make on the world.
This is Alex. She is one of my favorite models. She's not only latino and beautiful, but she's also just so good at holding a pose with style and grace. This pose was impressive because she held her eyes closed the whole time, sat perfectly still and didn't fall asleep. I can't even imagine how hard that would be. Plus. I love her nose. And I love how it turned out in this painting. And I love the brush strokes that are visible. The shadow parts are so thinnley painted that you can see the toned canvas underneath. Love it.
Collin was great...even though his hair was a headache to paint. My teacher, Justin Taylor, challenged me to paint only with vertical strokes. So hard! But I ended up really enjoying it. I'll definitely be experimenting a bit more with that idea. If you click on both of these you can see the brush strokes better. Which is personally my favorite part.
This painting is one that I did at the Thanksgiving Point Plein Air Festival. I was excited that one of my three sold, but I was kind of glad that this one didn't because it was my favorite, so I kind of wanted to keep it. But now my sister wants it, so I guess we'll see what ends up happening to it :)
This one I painted up the Alpine Loop on an excursion with Richard Hull and Peter Sakievich. All three of us painted the same scene, but we each came up with such different paintings. I guess that's one reason I love painting so much—its so open to exploration and interpretation.
So. My friend Mary has this adorable daughter and one morning we decided to paint her. At first I was sad that I could only stay for a little over an hour, but this ended up being the result. Nothing focuses the mind like lack of time and I quite like how it turned out. This painting is also special to me because I learned some things about painting that I had never understood before. Its too complicated to explain it all here, but ask me about it sometime and I'll tell you more. I also was reminded that I LOVE painting.