Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"100 Faces, No. 8"

4 x 4"
oil on masonite
sold

The rules of painting are meaningless to me, as with the rules of color. It can bog you down, make you doubt yourself. Rely on instinct. Put a dab of paint down that you may not 'believe' is right and see what happens. Like that blood-red around the eyes. Last minute touch. I'm learning a lot.



14 comments:

Randall Cogburn - Alvin, TX said...

Nice touch Karin. Yesterday I was doing a painting, a change of pace, and used pure cad red light that was a little drier and it added a real nice glowing skin tone. Keep up the paitning of the faces, lol.

~Kirby

suzanneberry said...

Your faces are so incredible and inspiring. I love your touch, the dab of color, just brilliant! Looking forward to more.

RHCarpenter said...

Your instincts trumped "the rules" for this one - that touch of red really made this more interesting.

Bridget Hunter said...

I'm learning such a lot from your blog - the skin tones you use and way you apply the paint. Thankyou.

rahina q.h. said...

it's the purity of your strokes that make it work for me. delightful to see what you do to faces.

Brad said...

Yeah. About art laws. I spent 3 weeks belaboring stretching a large canvas because I didn't have the tools to make a 'proper' cross brace. I had the canvas and the outside bars already but didn't do it because it 'wasn't right'.
I did it anyway and no warping yet. Even if it does warp I could add braces later, right? I didn't paint for weeks because of fear. I agree that preconceived ideas just harbor fear or slow you down.

raeandrewsgallery.blogspot.com said...

Karin, I love these faces, this series is going to be fun for you (and us) I can see.
Keep it up, I can't wait to see the next one.
Rae

Laura said...

You are so right about the rules bogging you down, and the freedom of letting your instinct do the choosing. Thank you for affirmation, it really does help. Your fabulous!

hmuxo said...

Love your style in painting. Beautiful portraits and a very interesting blog. Looking forward to your future work.

Katie Wilson-Bernatas said...

My favorite one - so far. 100. This is exciting. I look forward to them all. I've started a series and now am determined to do 100.

Stephanie Berry said...

I like your fearless approach to painting. These portraits look like it was effortless for you to paint them.

Cristina Dalla Valentina said...

Thank you for your art, and also for your words!

Elaine Hurst said...

I love the idea of no art rules. An instructor/mentor has told me that for a long time, and it is so true. We can get so caught up in trying to do it "right", that we lose touch with the idea of interpretation of the subject. Thank you for you wonderful work and your inspiring writing!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

rules are just tools..not THE only way. I liked your sentiments