Thursday, August 23, 2012
I was so proud to watch this young girl I know play in front of a large audience at a weekly summer outdoor event called Shindig on the Green. She played with a group of other fiddlers, along with their teacher. The very next day, I just had to paint this from one of the photos I took that night. I am happy with this painting because I obviously didn't just paint what I saw in the photograph AND because everyone who has seen the painting and knows the little girl has said, "That's Ellie!" I am so happy to be able to capture her body language (if not her likeness!). I have no idea where that background came from, it just happened, and I liked it.
So what's with the blank face? I LIKE paintings with blank faces. I have seen some paintings with blank faces that truly made me feel that if the face had features, it would detract from the painting. I feel the same of my own painting, although perhaps artists who know how to paint features might say otherwise! Maybe I would say otherwise if I had the skill to paint Ellie's likeness, but I do not, so I'm sticking with the blank faces. Apologies in advance to my 6 year old nieces (who just KNOW faces have features!).
Today is a milestone birthday for one of my very dear friends, and I want to wish her a very wonderful birthday!