Juror Kelly E. Mara has invited two of my portraits to be included in her upcoming show, “I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar”. I was unsure about submitting these, because both women are roaring quietly. But both of them are showing strength, in my opinion. I titled the watercolor on the left She Persisted and the oil on the right Sure in Silence. The show will hang for the month of August in the TVAA’s Plaza of the Americas gallery, 700 N. Pearl, Suite G-207. Reception is August 6 from 2-4.
Friday nights I almost always attend a figure drawing/painting session. Both of these portraits were done during one of those get togethers.
This model has only posed for our group once, as far as I know. She maintained this bright eyed and cheerful look for the entire three hour session, which is very hard to do. It makes me think that it must be reflective of her personality, the way her features naturally fall into this expression. She looks full of optimism, eager to embrace the day. I painted her in happy pinks and greens to reflect her attitude.
Most Friday nights I join a group of artists to work from a model. Like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. The look and wardrobe of the model, the lighting, the angle I get on the pose are all pretty much out of my control, but I like it that way. I figure it is up to me to make something out of whatever I happen to be looking at.
This model’s tribal-patterned headband took me back to the 70s, and her wistful but unregretful expression added to the feeling. There is a lot of thick and thin variety to the paint on this one – it has an exciting surface.