Friday, January 20, 2012

"200 Faces, No. 107"

4 x 4"
oil on masonite
sold

I can't read without glasses and I've always been against wearing them when painting. Aside from squinting the entire time I'm working, the extra blur keeps me loose. But.... recently, there came a point when I caved. Just too much strain I guess. Then, the trick was NOT to get nit-pickyitis and just focus on the strokes. Not the details. I'm getting used to it day by day.

My warm-up this morning, an addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED.



9 comments:

Terri Buchholz said...

This is just wonderful. The blue-grey against pink-browns are gorgeous and I love the extreme black shadows. I always thought you were squinting to blur the image - not to see it better! I know your myopic pain my sister!

helen said...

Very nice!

Radhakrishna said...

Your portraits are amazing.well done.

Linda Nickles said...

I agree with Terri -- just wonderful! Love the colors in this one, and the expression in his eyes is awesome, Karin, "nit-pickyitis" -- love that description!

Michelle Morris said...

these busted are some of my favorite. I love a good portrait, but am amazed at the 4x4 format. I must try one sometime. Your colors are always awesome! I await the next one!

Kevin Jackson said...

Interesting to hear you talk about reading glasses. I had to get my first pair 6 months ago but have so far avoided wearing them for painting, for the same reason as you. I do usually wear them for more detailed drawing work however. I read the other day that Lucian Freud never wore his reading glasses for portrait work either, even during his twilight years.

carol morgan carmichael said...

Wow! The skin tone colors in this are so appealing. Purple is my favorite color. I am right there with you needing the reading glasses for close up work. A PAIN!

Susan said...

Fabulous skin tones and the use of red is phenomenal!

Sharon Alama Art said...

I too am on the reading glasses bandwagon...a pain for sure, but a pain without! Thank you, Ben Franklin.
Maybe that's a new series--people w/glasses!?

Love the painting, anyway.