oil on masonite
Now that I've hit No. 40, allow me to recap - with respect to the 100 Faces.
- my sources, for each portrait, come from police mugshots, public records. Please don't ask me again or my head will spin around and pop off.
- my purpose is simply to practice painting - to explore a human face - the skin, bone structures, all walks of life. I'm most interested in experimenting with different ground colors and how that persuades the final result.
- a few have remarked that several look as if I rushed through the paintings - well, that's the idea here. They're studies. They're not commissioned portraits. The experience here is to intuitively approach each one differently and stop when my brain says to stop. The lesson, to me, with painting, is placing brush strokes down quickly and deliberately. As to why I'm persuaded to labor over some and not others is even more fascinating. It's an exercise in going with your gut.
- the entire 100 Faces has been sold to someone who collects my work and I deeply appreciate that.
- I have a devoted blog for this series here.
And I thank you all for your comments and observations along the way. I am really enjoying what I'm doing every day.