Friday, July 15, 2011

Day Dreaming

I am quite fond of this one and learned a lot painting her. Instead of intense shadows, planes were depicted more by temperature changes and varying colors. I love the soft dreaminess and romantic feel. It summarizes what impressionism is to me.
6"x6", oil on linen, private collection


More and more I am finding myself drawn, no pun intended, to painting portraits and figures. Capturing a person's emotions on canvas, or at least trying to, is such a rewarding challenge.

I have been following Karin Jurick's blog for quite some time now and have loved her series called "Mug Shots". Another artist I have been watching for several years is Kim Roberti. Both paint quite small and yet their paintings are very dynamic. So, inspired by both, I have decided to try my hand at some of my own. Learning is the objective.

I haven't settled on which title best fits this painting. She is obviously feeling some emotion quite intensely. Naming a painting is a very important consideration. In a word or two, it tells a short story that can either create a positive or negative reaction in the viewer.

I am curious, what emotion do you think she is feeling?

6"x6", oil on linen