Wednesday, January 5, 2011

"100 Faces, No. 81"

4 x 4"
oil on masonite
sold

I hope you don't get tired of me saying it, but this is one of my personal favorites. The hard part is explaining why - and the comments that are left usually say what I couldn't articulate. A lot of those I particularly love have 'sweet spots', a stroke of paint I left visible (like the dark line at the tip of his nose) that maybe should have been smoothed over, but, to me, makes the painting.

I think the more you paint, the more you build confidence with the decisions you make. You learn to stop when you like what you've done - and not overwork the piece. That's why small studies are essential. They're more liberating, experimental, non-binding.


11 comments:

Dan Gliubizzi said...

What I like about these heads are the quality of "sheen" on the skin. So many portrait artists seem to miss this important aspect. Good job. How does it work when and if you paint one of these 4x4 ft?

Mitzi Easley said...

Oh Karin, how do you make him glow so? The subtle value shift between his skin tones and the background is just masterful... and the black brushstroke on the end of his nose is too! :-)

Tim Robinson said...

Nice portraits. I love the attention to edges in these.

Barbara Andolsek Paintings said...

Actually you just articulated something that I was having problems describing. I love that about your work. So much to continue to learn.

JanettMarie said...

This is a good one.
I agree with your feelings about painting more and more and the confidence.... well said!

Carol Marine said...

Karin, you are amazaing. Of course this one is a new favorite - they just get better and better. It seems there is no limit to your artistic genious!

Rohit Kulkarni said...

Nice as always...

Apart from the brushwork andd lots of more reasons, I like it for the use of YELLOW...

Anita Tresslar said...

You will have another new favorite because these small portraits just get better and better.

Linda Popple said...

I also like the black at the tip of his nose and also along his neck. Your brushstrokes are confident and very painterly. This series has been and continues to be so much fun to see and learn!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

wicked awesome!

Angela Elledge said...

I have loved this entire series, for many reasons, but one reason is the love and life you paint into the portraits, so beautiful. I never knew what to call those special little touches...sweet spots, I like that!