Friday, April 19, 2013
In Training: Darlene
I forgot how much easier is for me to paint men rather than women. My natural manner of working involves a lot of short choppy brush strokes that exaggerates light and dark planes over smooth, careful, rounding of forms. Most guys don't mind if they end up looking a but older and more rugged; let's just say the effect is less pleasing for women. Attempting a measure of blending took an extra five minutes. Also, Darlene obviously takes a lot of care with her hair, and I wanted to do it justice. Ten more minutes gone. I wasn't nearly finished as planned, so I conscripted her for the full hour and got this result.
Another annoying thing about portraits-- did I mention people tend to expect a likeness? Other artists are far more forgiving than the general public--who tend to expect photographic results. While painting, I imagined that the Farmers and onlookers at ArtFields could be a very rough crowd indeed. I was more than a little anxious to see how Darlene would react to the process, but she was a very good sport. I guess all those years around artists had her a better prepared. I'll post the other two results over the weekend, and I plan on doing a couple of more to stay warmed up before the big day.