It all feels experimental these days. I begin each painting with the scary but exciting sensation that I have no idea what I’m doing. This is clearly not completely true, but there is a kernel of truth in it that I think is vital because that’s where play and experimentation live.
Since each day’s work changes what came before, I have started taking a pic at the end of each painting session. Grouped together, as in the evolution of “Diane’s Anna” above, it gives me some record of how the painting unfolded. I am experimenting all the time. What happens if I do this? What happens if I try that? I do have to attend carefully to textures, as they persist through color, and I need them to support the final portrait, but otherwise, I love that I work in oil and I can paint over something, and then paint over it again, and again. Translucency is an extraordinary thing.
I wish the subtleties of color that are in the paintings themselves showed in the images I post online, but they don’t. I would need to lighten the image to reveal them, but that distorts the image. Trust me when I say there are fabulous complexities of purples in the shadows on the right. Really there are. Really.