Yes, I am still struggling with a portrait I want to do of my friend, Teresa. I admire those who do portraits - especially as commissions! What pressure there must be to get it right - and how easy it is to get it wrong. One millimeter off on the nose, the mouth, an eye, the width of the forehead - and it's wrong!
This is on all media artboard (from Cheap Joe's, I think) that I gessoed over - so the surface is pretty slick and unforgiving, of course - why would I want to make it easy on myself?!?
She is holding her hair back to see how she looks with a shorter do. I like the intensity in the eye and covering the other eye with the hair completely (a la Veronica Lake although she's too young to know that reference). I was going to work more on it to cover up the dark lines from the graphite I got too dark - but Teresa said to let the lines be part of the artwork. Easier than trying to work too dark on the skintones so I'm calling that a great idea.
It's not done but it's getting there...
And I'm still busy making little paintings for the give-away to come the last week of December so don't forget to get in on that when it begins on the 27th.
And today the weather held (nothing horrid out there) so I get to visit Sandy Maudlin and paint with her a while - and see what she's been doing lately.