I made a painting for an auction at my daughter's school. I had a hard time deciding what to paint for them. Usually for auctions I donate something that is already finished, but for this I wanted to do something new. At first I thought a dog portrait, but all the dogs I have painted, have been for good friends.
Chuck Close is a portrait painter that also uses his friends and acquaintances as subjects. I guess this way he did not have to flatter the sitter in any way. He painted them stark, exposed and without taking a commission. This was his effort to throw off the baggage of traditional portrait painting. Not that I am comparing myself to Chuck Close... My portraits, after all, are of dogs. And my subjects are all irrepressibly cute and appealing... no matter what I do.
|"45" Phase One, oil on canvas, 12"x16"|
|Fini! I changed the values in the water, and the road. I amplified the contrast in the foreground objects. Then I added some drippy glazing to the sky and cleaned up the 45th sign.|
Edited by Makiko Compton