I find myself hesitating to show these “in process” art & design photos but I truly believe they are helpful to look at present and then for reflection in the future of the completed work.
I am a firm believer in the process is ultimately the most beautiful part of any artistic endeavor. Never be afraid to draw or paint anything for the fear that it wont actually look like the object itself. Anyone that has painted the most beautiful still life of apples, oranges, and grapes will tell you that this masterpiece wasn’t ….drum roll… the first apple or grapes they’d ever drawn before. It takes a lot of planning, rough sketching, and layers of paint to achieve the luminosity & composition that is desired.
Right now is a hard time because though it feels like it’s my loss, it is surely going to be heaven’s gain because I admire this person so much- for her strength, wit, & integrity.
I picked up a 30 x 40 canvas yesterday after the news and now I am working on this partial silhouette. It has a long way to go but I am excited with the results so far- I havent’ drawn in canvas in a while!
Her hair at this stage reminds me of my grandmother’s hair- I definitely was trying to imitate that when I was painting with the smaller brush…Her body is looking a little more Belle Epoque that I would like but that can be easily tamed. I am not sure what I want to do- B& W entirely or color background? Either way, back on the easel with such a large canvas felt very good after such a rough couple of days- painting is the catalyst of change that can turn the negative into a progressive, nourishing energy.