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Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Another campaign from the mid 80's. It was a commercial for the egg commission that I was happy to be a part of. We featured different celebrity personalities as eggs. There was some serious facial anatomy involved in these sculpts despite the simplicity of the designs. It was really cool to work with artists back then that had experience and training in facial expression and character likeness.
This is today's face study from imagination. These little oil sketches are a lot like grabbing a big pile of clay and sculpting and chopping around until you get an interesting character study. I'm a little burnt out on clay sculpting these days so these little Oils are a fun way to get the same sense of artistic creation without using clay. In some ways it's more fun because it's a challenge to create the illusion of 3 -dimensions on a flat board. I call him Robert because he looks a little like the guy down the street from me.
This little painting above busted my chops but it's a look that I like. It looks like a painting that an old buddy of mine did before he gave up painting. He's an artist in his 80's now and he had a long career as a portrait painter. He doesn't paint anymore because he's got Parkinson's but he says he "Sits in his front room and stares out at the ocean" It's a shame that he can't paint now because in his day he was the master in my mind. He once told me: "To be a portrait painter you have to paint 300 portraits from life" I responded with: "You've done 300 portraits from life?!!" He said "I started painting when I was 19 and by the time I was 22 I had done 300 from life" I decided that I needed to buckle down if I was going to get as good as he was so I've done about 150 so far. I've sculpted over 300 faces but haven't painted that many "yet".
I was doing my morning walk at the park (in the forest) and I spotted a dogwood tree. It's not the greatest subject but I've always liked the flower so I went back to my car and painted it on location. This lady kept peeking over my shoulder and asking questions but I managed to complete the painting anyway. She wanted to know my name so she could follow my career but for some reason I didn't give it out just because I didn't know who she was. I think perhaps she was a curious artist.
This guy showed up as a model for my painting group. He was a real cowboy, well at least he took care of horses. He was kind of impatient and he liked to tell stories , chat with the ladies and talk while he sat there posing. He was a neat guy but the class was a little too quiet and serious for him so he didn't show up the following week but I understood.
This is Dave one of my fellow artists on portrait day. He's an interesting guy and really appreciates the beauty of young women. He's an experienced photographer and quite a story and joke teller. He helps make our class a fun experience. When our friend the cowboy didn't show up Dave quickly got up and sat in the chair to pose for us. This was my quick study of him and it's probably not for sale.