Saturday, January 22, 2011

"100 Faces, No. 90"

4 x 4"
oil on masonite
sold

Happy Saturday. I'm back in my painting chair for the first time in ...... 9 days. Even weirder than that, it's the first Saturday in 31 years and 8 months that my shop isn't open for business - aside from an occasional snow day or holiday. A strong and heroic team of three men and myself just dismantled, disposed, shredded and stored an entire frame shop in seven days - just minor details left and we're done. And I can get back to painting again. I miss it. Terribly.

This guy, above, really has that pastel-like feel to it - a result of a very tired body and mind, meaning I took it slow, kept the brush somewhat dry with paint and made layers of scratchy strokes. A completely different outcome, which I love.

I'm in the homestretch .........


16 comments:

carol morgan carmichael said...

So glad you are back. Look forward to seeing the paintings you produce with your extra time. Wishing you all the best. Love the purples and reds in this.

Spanosart said...

Still following along, and I think this is my favorite so far. Love the emphasis on the ear, and the light on the cheek.

Linda Popple said...

It has been such a joy and learning experience to watch each portrait come to life! You have done a great job in transforming each mug shot into a unique portrait. I continue to enjoy looking at your blog each day and am never bored with what you are painting. It's really fantastic that now you can do what you love to do!!

Kathy Cousart said...

So glad to see a KJ painting also:) I know things have been crazy for you. Just think of all that you can do now painting full time- Can't wait to see.
Love this guy and good to see a 4 X 4 of a face!

pencilscribbles said...

Glad to see you back! The guy and the painting is gorgeous! Love the new technique and its result.

Karla said...

I love this one. There is just something very appealing about it. It has a soft touch for such a tough guy. Nice dichotomy.

Carol said...

Just fabulous; really love your faces of people of color! This one is just spectacular with the soft, pastel-like brushwork; especially love the highlights on his cheek.

Rishi Kapil said...

Hi Karin , I liked the skin tones on this one .Very nice :)

Layne Cook said...

I am thoroughly enjoying your faces. I love everything about them- the expression of the faces as well as the expression of the paint. You marry the two just beautifully. I'm glad you will continue beyond the 100!

Christine said...

I really like the effect of this one because it is so different...the soft edges are really nice, however it is especially nice because it is different....that you keep experimenting is wonderful...and congrats...

liz wiltzen said...

Love the soft feeling of this one Karin, it's a very sensitive piece.

Anita Tresslar said...

You have been missed. Now you will have more studio time, something we always want. I love these paintings and look forward to the next project.

Dana Cooper said...

This such a wonderful painting Karin, I love the light on the top of his head and his beard! Glad you now have time to paint again.

Amy Hillenbrand said...

I think I missed something, you shut down your frame shop? Did I read that right? I love the affect of the dryer paint, but I love the other juicier style too.

Susan Hediger-Matteson said...

I love the soft feel on this one.

Wishing you all the best on your new venture.

Mitzi Easley said...

Well done - on both counts. Proud to know such courage as you've shown - on both counts. Paint On!