portrait of Mae, 1985
Sunday, August 29, 2010
I recently started working on more straightforward portrait paintings. One of the first was the portrait of Mae Fogg. I took a Polaroid snapshot of her one morning on a Florida beach in the morning sun. The canvas is 16”x 20” and is painted in a kind of loose brush stroke fashion. I simplified the background quite a bit so the emphasis is on the face, not on the various element specifics that are in the actual photograph.
Since I see a portrait as a document of a particular person, I wanted to be honest in my rendering. So instead of adjusting the distortion the eye glass lenses presented, I left it the same as the source reference captured it.