Are We to Paint What’s On the Face, Or What’s Behind It?

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Lately I’ve been insanely inspired by fashion illustration (and just plain illustration) after discovering Danny Roberts and his amazing work.  After looking through all of his work and hours of illustration images, my brain was so full the other night I simply could not sleep.  Though my body lay tired, my mind created wild illustration art.  Finally in the wee hours of the morning after getting only 2.5 hours of sleep, I surrendered and went into the studio to try my hand at the images in my head.  Thus, my first illustration piece was born.

I’m deeply fascinated by drip watercolor after seeing images from the likes of Petra Dufkova and Agnes Cecile.  Watercolor is not a medium I’m used to working with, but I’m really pining to learn how.

It’s a journey discovering who I will be as an artist.  Sometimes I feel the pressure to establish what sets me apart, and what my style will be.  There are so many artists like Misty Mawn, Juliette Crane, Lisa Ferrante, when you see their work, you know whose it is immediately.  I want to get there.  But right now I’m enjoying the journey of discovering and playing with different mediums and styles.  I’m pretty sure I’ll always be a portrait artist, mainly.

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Which brings me to discover the quote by Pablo Picasso that I’m in love with…

“Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?”

There is so much a portrait can emote, whether realism (not my forte), impressionism, or expression painting.  Are we trying to capture the details of what one looks like, or are we trying to capture the essence of them?  I’m in love with the idea of the latter.

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2 Responses to Are We to Paint What’s On the Face, Or What’s Behind It?

  1. I am in love with this new painting! I love her sad eyes, and the circles on her cheeks and the way her pink hair floats around her. Beautiful!

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    angela Reply:

    @rebecca mcfarland,

    Hi Rebecca, thank you!! I had a lot of fun creating her.

    I just perused your site and found your pins on Pinterest -- I’m following your art board! Your work is wonderful!

    Thanks so much for visiting :-)

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