Tuesday, 10 April 2012

FACE-IT #1





NFS

#119
I have been wanting to have a go at portraits for quite a while now.
I've been especially inspired by Linda Popple's wonderful 'Face'
portraits and Nora MacPhail's superb watercolour portraits.
So, I'm changing things up a bit, and will be throwing myself
into painting from actual Mugshots, and willing Family and Friends.
My intention is to paint my impression of the subject and not a
photographic likeness. I want to push the boundaries. I want to work
on different coloured grounds. I want to apply the paint thinly and thickly
but efficiantly..... I'll be using small boards 4''x4'' and I may go backwards
before I go forwards, but I'm sure going to enjoy the journey!
Here we go.....the start of my 'Face-it' series.

PS.  I will still be throwing in the odd still life etc.

6 comments:

Linda Popple said...

Wow! Your first face is amazing!! Great job with the expression. Another great site for mug shots is Karin Jurick's Busted. Take a look. You'll enjoy it and she is very inspirational!
Thanks for the shout out!! :-)

Azra said...

Brilliant Helen!! I think you're off to a great start!

Julie Ford Oliver said...

I am looking forward to following these Face It, paintings.
This one makes me feel I know him it is so full of character.

Angela said...

Wow! I love it when artist push their comfort zones. I can't wait and will be watching to see where you go with this. I really love 4x4's it is just something dynamic about small.

Karen Johnston Daily Paintings said...

This is great Helen! What a great start!

Angie Brooksby said...

Great idea.