Me & MGee | Part III

Mila’s back—but she’s still not finished! Once the canvas has been covered, it’s time to go back in to recapture the drawing, feature by feature. One of my earliest drawing teachers said that artists are trained to see better than most people. So it is my habit, when painting a portrait from a photograph, to use the photo on my iPad, rather than a print, for my model. It’s an amazing tool that allows me to see better, to focus on each feature individually, as well as how each relates to the others. And the colors! I like to think that my best portraits have personality, just like their subjects. Those teeth are still pretty pesky, but I’ll get to them next time…

Me & MGee | Part II

One of the reasons I haven’t posted the progress of one of my paintings before is that I very often lose the drawing in the first application of paint. Here I’m just trying to knock the colors in and throw in the background (she’s sitting on a window seat, with cushions behind her)—to cover the canvas in paint. There will be plenty of time for me to get the drawing back; right now I just want to get some flesh going, whiten those pesky teeth and put her clothes on. My husband, who is my biggest fan, will invariably shake his head when he sees this stage of the process, disappointed that I’ve lost the likeness, inevitably causing me to remind him that it’s not finished yet!