On my never ending art journey, I always see pics I would love to have a go at painting digitally. Many of them over the years have been my lovely Facebook friends. These are the people I have never met in real life, not my old pals who now live all over the planet.
I am quite the stealth artist .. I usually get their photo and paint merrily away, then send them a copy – never posting it without their permission. For me, that’s a most important part of sharing some of my pieces – not the stealth part… ha… but the permission.
In creative circles, I’ve always seen it said that you should LOVE what you do. Well, I love to paint lots of things, but for practice, it’s definitely people. I often get it wrong, and that’s ok. If I didn’t, then I would never learn. The other thing I have been told is that my paintings always make the person look ‘younger’. Well, the idea I have is not to produce a realistic painting. If you want warts and all, then simply take a photo! I really don’t want to spend hours trying to paint wrinkles, warts, blotchy skin etc. But I DO try and at least have the painting look like the person.
Anyway, enough waffle – I just wanted to share one I did recently of a lovely lady – a friend on Facebook for many years, and who I actually got to meet in person a few months ago. I know this post will appear on my FB art page, and many of you will know her. Just let me tell you that even if I have made her ‘look’ younger, it’s because that is how I now see her, having met her. The inner beauty of people certainly shows through.
Again, I was playing about with all kinds of brushes, (and yes, I still used that darned blending thing I am trying to refrain from using). The big experiment for me lately has been using the bigger and weirder brushes that leave marks and so on. Still, I finished the pic and then BAM! She got her hair cut! So I simply put a bit of a vignette around her head to hide that fact.. ha!