Well I had a baby, took some time off from painting, and now am back at work (part time, but it feels good). I had to leave my lovely sun-laden studio of ten years because it was just too far – and the Sepulveda Pass on the 405 was between my studio and my kid, so it just wasn’t working.
My new space is smaller, without natural light… but it has some great plusses. All of the artists there are figurative artists, and they have figure model sessions twice a week. I had the pleasure of painting with a couple of the other painters in the studio, and it was really nice to feel a sense of community. Not that I don’t appreciate all the abstract expressionists in the old studio, but…
Anyway here is the painting I did of a lovely young lady named Catherine.
I was a little worried as it had been a long time since I had painted from a live model (almost 2 years I think) but it felt great, and I was able to get something I was happy with in a short period of time. The way I handled it drew heavily from my previous series of portraits from life, but I am interested in pushing the expressiveness of my colors when working from a model. I think this piece was a step in that direction.
Just as a note of comparison I’ll put up an older portrait from life, also for sale on etsy, which has more naturalistic coloring, so you can see what I mean about the “more expressive color”.