I'm not sure how many people are aware of this, but when I first started painting, I was a fan of color...LOTS of color. I used to paint brightly colored still life and then moved to a more monochromatic palette, but color was still there. But last year I decided I needed a challenge and started painting people. Having never painted figures before, I wanted to limit my palette so that I could concentrate on form and not worry about color and skin tone. It's been over a year since I have incorporated any color into my work and I was starting to miss my old friends.
The following images are what I painted to enter into the show. I don't know if this may be another series that I will continue or whether this is a one time deal. I do have to say that I enjoyed painting the images and then covering one side with colored wax. I also used some graphite drawings that were transfered on the colored side to mimic old wallpaper and continue with the antique feel of my work. I love the way the wax smeared the graphite and made it barely visibly in some spots. I also love the quilt-like feel of the pieces and how well the images worked with it's colored side. Who knows, there may be a few more of these in my future...
Images: "Girly Girls" 2010, 14" x 11", oil, graphite and encaustic on panel.
"Girl and Puppy" 2010, 11" x 14", oil, graphite, and encaustic on panel.
"Something Especially Desirable" 2003, 24" x 24", acrylic and paper on canvas. This is one of my older, more colorful paintings. I really loved that orange color.