Friday, January 04, 2008

WIP: Portrait in Oil

I started the top and it's interesting what I can see needs to be changed/refined when I post the image up on the blog. Another method artists employ to get an objective view of what they are working on is to look at a reflection of the work in a mirror. It is amazing how you can spot some of the flaws in a painting in the reflection and completely miss it when looking at it directly. I erased the chair because it was a bit wonky and bothering me, so will have to redo.

Ask me a questionI will choose which one to answer in the next post.
David at the Bird Proofer wondered if I used a photo as a guide. The answer is yes, there is something about the stiffness of the image that comes from using a photo reference which greatly appeals to me. It wasn't until I really sat down and thought about it that I realized I was melding several genres that I love, early folk art/portraiture, black and white photography and studio drawing studies. The early american
painting is by Ammi Phillips, a folk artist from the 1800's, the photograph by Dorothea Lange and the sketch study by Pierre Paul Prud'hon.

I got a really cool award from Jean at Jean at Snap out of it Jean .
I am going to print it out and put it in my sketchbook.
thank you

I was sent this interesting link by a local filmmaker, Jo Caputo, in Yellow Springs.
Would you wear one of this suits?

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The Lone Beader said...

That's a good idea- to view the work in a mirror. I'm gonna try that sometime. :)

Kris Cahill said...

I like how you are progressing here. I also love the work of Dorothea Lange, and can see how you are inspired by her beautiful soulful photos. Can't wait to see how you finish this.

Because I paint in reverse on vinyl, I have been using a full length mirror in my studio for years, as a tool to help me see what needs adjusting before it dries. It does help me see things I might have missed.

ckw said...

the question is------would you wear one of these suits?
i'm thinking-um- i thinkin'-um
i love dorothea lange -too- i did a pencil rendering of that exact photo when in college-
lovely progression-such haunting faces are beautiful

Jean said...

I would defnitely wear the one at the end where the girl is smiling because she is pretty and looks good.

I like to see a couple together, too.

I love Dorothea Lange too.

I MUST see my jewelry photographed before it becomes real. it is senseless bits and pieces to me otherwise.

dinahmow said...

Would I wear one? Well, maybe the one with the tattooed thigh.In my younger days, I might have worn a "man suit" to a party.
I sometimes draw "upside down" (the paper, not me!)to get the right angle.

Margot Potter said...

This is fascinating, I'm so enjoying a window into your process.

Thank you for being so brave. You make amazing things, Corinne.

I'd be naked without a care...but I'd feel more naked in one of those suits. I've been mostly naked onstage and it's far more embarrassing than being naked. Weird...but true.


Cynthia said...

You know - I don't see anything wrong with the painting - But, then maybe you fixed the "flaws" that you saw already, which I probably wouldn't have seen in the first place. I like the ghostly chair image and halo around her head.

I would like to wear a male nude suit - That would be fun. No, I don't want to be a man...

Kim said...

nice work on the shirt Corrine...

the Dorothy Lange reminds me of an early Picasso figure (Blue Period)..

mirrors and upside down are great for extra analysis as well as viewing your work on the computer...

I don't think I have the nerve to wear one of those suits...pretty amazing though :)
thanks for the link too.... :)

Merelyme said...

oooh a question that sounds like fun. do you feel that artists are born or created? is it raw god given talent or does the ability to create art come from study and practice? or both?

Susie Q said...

I love the work of Dorothea Lange and that image has always been one
that stays with me. It speaks volumes. I can see why it would call to you.

As always, your work speaks to me.

Happy New Year dear artist. Happy New year.


Crystal said...

Thank you for your kind words. And for checking out my blog. I love yours. You help insprire me. I wish I had your energy.

PS How did you get the visitor counter on your blog?

Philip said...

A stunning painting. I love it just as it is.

JafaBrit's Art said...

hey philip, how are you :) well I hope it better remain stunning when I finish it lol!

Hey if anybody is wondering how someone paints in reverse check out kris cahill's video.

ckw, jean, I think I would wear the hairy chest t shirt lol! I didn't see a price, will have to check it out.

dinah, I remember doing a drawing upside down for a class and it was an amazing exercise in learning to draw what you see, not what you think you see.

Anonymous said...

NUDEY SUITS are low down and nasty!

The male ones freaked me out they are sooooooooooo fugly!

They are clever but I would rather not go there.....thanks!

Spuggy Duck! xxxxxxx

Emila Yusof said...

Great paintings!

Askablogr said...

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