Day 2. This was much easier. I forgave myself for not being a perfect painter, and instead embraced what makes me different. This piece felt very emotive as I painted it. I knew right away that I wanted to work with a green/blue/violet color scheme. And to my surprise, I actually stuck with it (I can be pretty spontaneous when I’m painting so this was new for me). I resisted my urge to use a lot of colors or make it more vibrant.
In the end, I really like the final piece. It’s kind of haunting, and the veil adds a mysterious touch. I think I could paint veiled women over and over again. This was very fun to create and I didn’t fuss to much about getting the facial features precise or that detailed. Everything was pretty intuitive and in the moment. Maybe I can find a happy medium in between my love for abstract art and realism.
The 30 in 30 challenge is onnnn and this is my first entry. I painted it last night and refined some bits this morning. I will admit, I felt completely out of my comfort zone painting this. I found that I don’t have much interest in rendering the facial features perfectly. I did use a few reference photos (my muse was Cara Delevingne), but I was more interested in jumping right into the colors and creating a vibrant portrayal of a woman’s face. Interestingly enough, this portrait is pretty androgynous. There were times when I saw a man’s face (someone on Instagram said Steve Tyler!), and sometimes a woman’s.
I decided to name it “Live” because it feels pretty disco to me. Have a good day everyone! Happy painting to my other artist friends in the challenge.
P.S. The 30 in 30 painting challenge is not a competition. It’s really about challenging ourselves as artists. Just in case the word “challenge” makes you think of a prize or something at the end. Hah.