New “Beatniks, Bastards & Saints” painting in the works.
I started sketching out my next few paintings that have been in the queue. The one you see above is of the lovely Sara Wilkins. Sara, a former Orange Countian (born and bred too), is now a Portland transplant, but distance has not diminished our friendship. Sara is as good as they come – and somewhat of an anomoly. In the best sense of course. She can be a quiet observer or the life of the party; She can be the thoughtful listener or the fountain of hilarity; She’s listening to Etta James one minute and the Kings of Leon the next; She’s responsible but watch out when she lets loose; She’s the voice of reason but she’s also the first to take the plunge; She’s the girl you’d take home to mom but she’s also got a delightfully irreverent wild side; She’ll chase you around a public parking lot when you’re feeling “blah” but she can also play it cool as your escort to the local show; She’s got clear opinions but she’s incredibly open minded. It’s all of these interesting and unique qualities that made me realize she was the perfect candidate for my Beatniks, Bastards, Saints series. Oh yeah, and the fact that she’s a FOX.
My least favorite part of a painting is sketching it out. Especially doing it twice (once on paper and once on wood). There has to be a term for the fear of blank paper. This painting is even bigger than the one I did of Jordan (subject-wise, the board is the same size) and I’m finding it’s hard to draw large scale. You’re looking at a photo that is 5-6 times smaller as a reference for something about 2ft x 3ft. It’s tough. I want this one to be big because I’m going to give her an amazingly intricate halo. Plus I want to see how big I can go with the subjects before it just gets ridiculous.
“Inside of Love”
by Nada Surf
Next step, mix up a skintone for her (I’m using acrylics and I only like having to mix up the color once so I mix a big batch and save it in an air-tight container) and get painting! Now that I’m self-employed I can work on my paintings during the day in natural sunlight (as opposed to my prior night-owl habits when I had a 9-to-5 for “the man”). Not only that, I’m wrapping up a ton of projects so I can just paint my little heart out for the next day or so till the deadlines start looming again. Couldn’t be happier that Hoodzpah is sustaining us and letting us flourish artistically. And really that success is owing mostly to our – for lack of a better, more original word - amazing friends. Pretty much everyone we work with is a friend or was referred by one of our lovely friends. On that thankful/reflective note, goodnight all.