Starting a new series

Starting a new series

Jim Angell stopped by the other day for lunch and a studio visit. He was struck by the portraits I had started and given up on. He liked the way I had arranged them on my wall as a group. We did a little rearranging and editing and came up with this series:

These work well as a set, or a twelvetich, or whatever one would call it.

Jim gave me some guidance regarding what to focus on. I’ll be starting a series of pictures at 20″ x 16″ using this piece as a starting point:

Starting a new series

Leaving off the head adds a level of abstraction to the work that opens it up. The next picture I’m working on draws inspiration from this Renoir painting:

Starting a new series
Here are the sketches I’ve made so far. (The piece on the upper left is a finished painting.)

Starting a new series
I’m drawn to the two sketches on the right. I’ll live with them for a day or two before making an encaustic version of one.

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