A little over a month ago I met Amy Rims: a talented oil painter who can create an accurate portrait in like, 5 minutes, with thick layered globs of paint ("likes this"). Amy posted an ad on Craigslist for fellow artists proposing to meet once or twice a week in her basement with a live model. I couldn't have found her at a better time since I really miss the energy that is cultivated when working around others, and aside from my usual abstractions of nature I love working with live models and need the practice. I used to primarily render the figure in charcoal - never paint - so each week I have been working in water color, acrylic, or oils. I'm not trying to think about it too much because I don't want to lose the whimsical nature of my painting style, but I am hoping to gain likeness through brevity and power in each brushstroke. Here are a couple of my favs:
|Lisa & Othello|
This was my first attempt at painting the figure on canvas since like 1992.
|A quickie of Lisa|
|A quickie of Shivanni|
She was delightful.