I’ve been playing with portraiture, which is something I’ve rarely done. I’m enjoying the challenge of it, while still remaining non-literal about it.
Above is a painting I did in the style of a classic painting of an Native American wise elder (a man) done by the famous portrait artist Fechin. Using that work as a spring board, I painted it instead as a young girl, thinking of the Native American women now in places of power in the US congress. It seem clear to me that the future is not only female, but non-white and young.
Below, I abstracted different faces even more. I’m thinking these could be the beginning of a future series someday, which is why I called this post part one. I also may incorporate faces in some Bible story paintings I’m thinking about. I like the full range from impressionistic to abstract, and the trick with each image is where to place it on that spectrum. I’ll be exploring that conundrum further.
Which one do you like?