Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Visitor


Hello Friends:

"To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive". ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Once again, I picked up my palette knife to lay on thick color from the beginning. Once I was happy with my colors and the basic shapes, I used a brush to soften certain edges and to lay in the model's features. This portrait started as a very large painting, encompassing the top half of her torso, but as it came closer to completion, I realized that a smaller painting focusing on her face would be more impactful.

I've been painting on large canvas sheets lately, so when I see how I want the painting to be "finished", I take an exacto knife and slice off the parts that I don't need anymore. I take the remaining canvas and adhere it to a hard board for framing. Such liberty! I'm not forced to comply with a pre-set size anymore! My composition changes as the painting develops.
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