This painting came very differently for me. I had the intention of trying a realistic portrait for the first time, but that's as far as I got with the planning. I usually do a bakkground and then decide on the foreground. Lastly, I fill in details. I guess the color I choose for the bakkground inspires me as to what should come next. This time, I actually did a sketch. Then foreground. Then bakkground. I had NO IDEA where this painting was going when I began. It's nothing like I had intended it to be when I started or anything like the work I've done before. It was a very organic process. I enjoyed it. I don't think I could not be pleased with the outcome, because I had no preconceived notion of what I thought it should have been to compare it to once I was finished. It is exactly as it should be.
|"Garden Variety Beauty" 16x20|
Now, after I had completed the majority of the painting, I decided to incorporate some of the design techniques that I do on my shirts. I thought it would be a cool way to transition from one medium to another. I added the "scribble" around the outline of her face. The white portion is completely covered in tiny white dots. It feels like a football. (Does that make for compromise when decorating with the man in mind?) It worked out nice for this piece. I'm very happy with it. I think I'll try it again.