Saturday, August 7, 2010

"100 Faces, No. 1"

4 x 4"
oil on masonite
sold


I have this habit of equating food with painting. Let me give you an example - I lost 51 pounds in about a year's time and I've hit a plateau. The advise is to change it up, increase my exercise. Hmmm........ okay. Painting wise, I've hit a plateau. So I'm changing it up and increasing the exercises.

Today I started a new series called '100 Faces' - a personal challenge to practice and study painting the human face. Good warm-ups to get the blood moving. My references are taken from mugshots all around the country.




19 comments:

Marian Fortunati said...

Beautifully done as always...

Where will you find your references??/ Do you have a ton of photos you've taken over time or will have find people to come in???

Kim said...

Fantastic!!!

Curtis Verdun said...

Wow, the modeling and colors are fantastic! Very well done.

jolieguillebeau said...

I love this idea. And I love this painting.

Terri Buchholz said...

Love this energetic portrait - this is going to be fun to follow. And congrats on the minus 51!!! Don't you love that it's gone? Good for you!

Christine said...

love this idea...Felix de la Concha was artist-in-residence at the Hood Museum at Dartmouth last year and did a bunch of 2 hour portraits of people associated with Dartmouth that he videotaped while talking to and painting them...very fascinating show (http://hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu/exhibitions/2009felixdelaconcha/)...getting the personality, characteristics, etc. quickly and accurately...you always inspire me

Lesley Spanos Art said...

Love the color and directional strokes. Looking forward to the remaining 99.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

I would love to follow this project.
#1 is great.

Carol said...

Saw your paintings at 16 Patton Gallery today; they are even more beautiful in person!! Congrats on your weight loss!

Mark Bridges said...

Hi Karin. Nice portrait, a good motivation.

Caroline Bray Art said...

What a great idea. I'm a great admirer of artists who constantly challenge themselves, it keeps ther paintings alive with passion and interest. This reminds me a great deal of Chuck Close's works and I absolutely love it!

Elaine Hurst said...

Wow! I can't wait to get the message in my email that you have posted a new painting! Your work is wonderful! What a good idea for a challenge. It should keep you hopping, and teach you a lot. This first one is great, with the colors, the modeling, everything. Can't wait to see what comes next.

Kelley Sanford said...

Always love new challenges. Wonderful brushwork and vitality it brings to the piece.

Amy Hillenbrand said...

What an interesting connection you made between food and painting. More exercise, hhhmmm nice challenge and good food for thought.

Janice said...

Impressive as usual and a wonderful challenge! Congrats on your weight loss, quite the achievment too!!

liz wiltzen said...

Great painting Karin, I especially like how you handled the eyes. May the force be with you!

jill polsby said...

How in the hell (yes, hell) do you do such a great painting in 4" square inches! I just don't get how such wonderful things happen in such a small space. What size brush are you using!! Do you need faces with good lighting sent to you like Carol Nelson did when she challenged herself? Fabulous work!

Leslie Lockhart said...

You might just be the most creative person I "know"... what a great (and hilarious) idea!! Congrats on ALWAYS keeping things fresh and new! :)

Jala Pfaff said...

Excellent. Love the greens in here.