I'm turning 44 this year and I always find it strange when things are coincidence. I have been thinking about doing these little profile portraits 5x7 then framing them in a double frame (the kind your grandparents always had of you and your sister). I was originally doing these small pieces to go into my Sketchbook Project for this year but never got around to meeting that deadline...no surprise there. Then I was just going to do sweet little profile portraits and put them in individual black frames and eventually have several ready for the TNF art show this year. But then I went down to LA a couple of weeks ago and went a Punk show and saw this great band called The Black Widows. They were dressed as ninjas and it occurred to me to have my sweet painting have a darker side. I came back home and painted these two ladies for my sister for her birthday and now have started my double portraits. To me the coincidence lies in the doubles....weird and amazing 44.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
On a side note: I must always remember to just be inspired - not completely influenced. I love it when the more natural, unafraid me creates from the heart not just the mind. I tend to over think my pieces and I truly believe that was drilled into me as an illustration student. Perhaps that is the clear divide between illustration and fine art - the freedom to completely express yourself without a definitive meaning behind the piece. I tried that freedom this time - when creating my mom's 60th birthday gift. To have a fun theme but not let that concept totally rule over the process.