I have been meaning to write this post for ages but I keep waiting to have another painting finished and so it goes on …. and on ..
After saying in the last post how I was having a break from portraits and painting people I am now started again.
It is nice to have a break , and I have plans, starting next week, to do a series of small scenes of Pisticci – limited to 2 hours work. ( Or thereabouts!) I found that when I was ill briefly in Scotland I told myself that I would only paint for 2 hours and then the painting was finished. I enjoyed it. I tried 3 different subjects as semi- experiments and was very pleased with the results.
But I think I like people, It is possible I am a little lonely and painting people is one way of having people in my life. I expect people paint portraits for lots of different reasons. I started my career in art by painting portraits – as I was drawn (excuse pun) to seeing if I could make someone appear real on paper. That feeling has never left.
So am working on a painting of 6 people who posed for a photo during the carnevale and it is going to be so colourful as they were dressed in ponchos and sombreros. I have painted all the faces and next week I hope to finish it.
I have just finished a portrait of a little boy which I am pleased with. I stuck to a limited palette of black, white, cadmium red (medium) yellow ochre and some cobalt blue used mainly in the clothes.
It is a lot simpler to use fewer colours. I used to mix all sort of colours together and then I could never repeat them. Though it did make for some excitement and multicoloured portraits. Not having an art education I pick up ideas and sometimes they work – and sometimes they dont.
I haven’t finished my project on http://studiobasilicata.wordpress.com where I aim to draw 50 people from Pisticci. I think I am up to 30 now.
And it looks like I will be displaying paintings in a local restaurant in the near future so I had better get going………
On the home front it looks like I will be living more or less full time in my studio. That will enable me to do much more work than previously, inbetween sitting on the doorstep in the sunshine reading a book, going out for a coffee every morning and looking after my growing number of flowers.