In Motion, 12 x 12
I'm getting ready for my Summer workshop on painting children, which is happening next Sunday, June 17th....So I have been doing a few studies to get warmed up, focusing on the simple shape and attitude of the subjects.
I use photos I have taken in the past few years, mostly of Sarah and Eli, my sweet grandchildren, as the basis for many of the children-themed paintings. Usually, the photo serves as a reference for what I wish to convey.
Below, however, is a painting I did last year, where I was a bit literal -- the second painting is the revision done recently, eliminating unnecessary detail.
Here is the first one: I put a pillow and the arm of the chair to fill in that space where I couldn't see the figures... i.e. "too loyal" to the source material.
Next photo is a recent revision of the same painting, eliminating the horizontal forms at the bottom; instead, I just suggested form with loose strokes, and I like it better.
Read to Me, 12 x 16
Painting colors are the same, more like the bottom photo, but different cameras and different light produce WAY different results, despite my editing efforts! Anyway, to me, the bottom take on the subject has better flow.
This Sunday's workshop, "Painting Children from Photos," is being held at Huff Harrington Fine Art in Atlanta. It is one day, from 9 until 4, and because it turned out to be on Father's Day, I have a few spaces that opened up. If anyone is interested at the last minute, contact Sarah at Huff Harrington, 404-257-0511. Also, I have scheduled another one-day workshop on painting children on July 22, 2012. There are a couple of spaces left in that one as well, so call Sarah at HH if you are interested!