I’ve been doing a lot of painting recently. And I really mean A LOT. Just to put it into perspective, I’ve done 3x more paintings just in these first two months of this year than I did total last year. I guess working and studying just eat up all artsy time. But now in Israel I seem to have all the time in the world to execute hobbies. I’veen been even missing playing the piano. Now that’s weird (I used to hate the piano)!
However, the last two paintings I’ve done haven’t been easy for different reasons. The first one, Teddy, because 1) he’s a baby, and babies have weird body proportions (e.g.big heads), 2) I’ve never met Teddy, so I don’t know his personality 3) he has a very pale, soft skin, and the human skin color is hard to paint to begin with 4) he’s only the 2nd human I’ve ever painted. Despite all these, I did enjoy painting Teddy. Babies are special, and it was even more special because he’s my roommate’s nephew.
The second painting (portrait also), was also hard. But for other reasons: 1) he’s my grandfather, and painting him was hard emotionally as well 2) I cropped the picture from a bigger black and white picture, and let’s just say that the quality of the cropped pic gave A LOT of room for guessing work 3) although he’s my grandfather and I know him, I have never met the young man in this picture. It’s hard to paint somebody you know only as an older person, and then doing a portrait of him when he’s a couple years younger.It’s still the same person, and yet it’s not. 4) I experienced with about all the shades of the color brown possibly found on earth. Let’s just say that I’ll paint something with less brown next time. 5) painting Grampie really made me miss
Grampie, you really are the best.