Thursday, 24 March 2011

Sum Of Her Parts

Sum of Her Parts

I have always been impressed with the phrase:

"She is more than the sum of her parts"

As if each of us are made up of blocks

Easily stackable

and easy to dismantle

Yet, even though you count

All of the digits -

Fingers, toes, eyes

Legs, Kidneys, Ears, and teeth

There is just something more

Even if you dissect each of her memories

Write them all down

Years by hours by decades

There would still be something left over

Something you missed

Like the moments she stole

Before work, to smell the spring air

Or that smile she gave to the

Person sitting across the bus

Moments upon moments

The in between times

That seem to slip by immeasurably

And even though

People try to "size" her up

There is always so much

Left unaccounted for

Wednesday, 16 March 2011


Thursday, 10 March 2011

Portrait Painting Class - Matthew cont.

I'm really starting to like this new way of taking my time with each piece. I finally finished the face and neck last night (3rd layer) and while I know I could do more, I think I'm going to focus on finishing up the piece next class. There is a point where you can overwork a portrait and I don't want to do that.
I was impressed at how well the mix of Ultramarine Blue and Raw Sienna compliments Matthew's skin tones. I think the blue grey background fits nicely, especially since I will be working in the blue shirt he is wearing in next week's class.

Besides the fascination with technique, the whole aspect of realism painting is becoming very zen for me. My painting time each week is turning into this haven of calm...something I look forward to. I laughed and called it "my form of Nirvana" the other day, but it's really becoming true: I just "feel" better when I paint. You can't really think about your life and the world around you while you are there in front of the canvas. There is just too much that goes into thinking about color, form, and how everything is relating to each other. Honestly, I can't think of anything else that compares to it...maybe yoga.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Portrait Painting Class - Matthew cont.

Last night we worked on continuing with Matthew's portrait. I have a good solid second layer and was able to get the eyes in. I found that using a flesh toned green (yellow ochre + cobalt) works really well in bringing out the orange tones around the outside of his eyes. I also found the cool layers of skin where the stubble was forming around the mouth was also particularly challenging. It's pretty easy to go too dark too fast, and forget that the upper lip, while a cool shadow, is still pretty light because it's reflecting the light. I think I had to go over that area almost 5 times before I got it right.

In all, I'm really pleased where this piece is going. I'm looking forward to next week where I can get in the greater highlights and work on the wrinkles in the neck and face.