Other than the Polar Vortex that made it’s way all the way down to Austin, I have to say that 2014 is off to a promising start. Along with all the hustle and bustle, the end of the year kept me extremely busy with a couple commissions to be done by Christmas. Although it was stressful at times (especially when I left my easel after a long day unsatisfied with what I had to show), deadlines are good. I’m much better at meeting them when they are imposed by others, but this busy month certainly motivated me to have more concrete goals for myself this year. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes…
So without further ado, here are the paintings that have kept me busy in December (and leaked into the new year):
Here’s my take on an old black and white photograph that my dear friend Meg wanted to commemorate for her upcoming family reunion. Although almost every painting ends up differently than the ideas you had in your head when you set out, this one really came together unexpectedly. I knew that I didn’t want to just do a reproduction of the photo, but I had no preconceived notions of how I wanted to add color or interest. A lot of times when I paint, I feel very calculated, but this was a fun experiment in just letting it happen. What lovely freedom!
Here, a portrait. I haven’t done people up close in a while. This project reminded me that when I say I love painting faces, I actually mean I love putting the finishing touches on faces. Before those finishing touches, it is sometimes a long and frustrating process. This was one of them! I was happy to do this and honored to be asked by my cousin’s husband to help create a gift for her, and in the end, I think I got it right. The lighting was a little tricky, but the warm colors of the setting sun on their faces made it worthwhile!
And finally, this painting for my dad. If it looks familiar, it’s because I’ve done one almost exactly like it before. Just as I had given the previous painting of the dock to my dad, it sold in my Etsy shop because I had failed to unlist it. I promised a replacement, and finally delivered. It was interesting to do an exact painting of something you’ve already done. I don’t necessarily think one is better than the other, but I do know I’ve come a long way in recognizing values and being more painterly. It also took only one try to get the proportions right on the most recent, which was nice.