She looks like the girl next door maybe? Kind of pretty. I checked our her earlier shots and they were even nicer. In a way, that makes the painting a greater challenge. I'm going for an equal number of men and women although there are fewer women to choose from. I'm, so far, avoiding folks that are bleeding or look totally crazy, ala Charles Manson.
The most recent mugshots. I thought this would be so fun, but it's kinda hard. I'm choosing subjects that are within a certain criteria. I want to practice faces of people that I might see in everyday life. The guy is kind of dangerous looking, but I think there's more... The woman looks a little stoned and a little defiant.
I wanted to paint one that didn't look so sad, but he kind of does, and maybe scared too? The photo made the color slightly warmer, and there is some glare. Happens with a dark background and artificial light. This is the third one. I am giving myself the goal of 30 - they won't be consecutive because there are some other paintings that need to be done, but I am loving this for the opportunity of painting so many sorts of people.
Second painting in what is becoming the mugshot series. When you look at a face for a long time, it's story unfolds. It's kind of like recusing a dog from a shelter. Over time, the dog will tell you it's story. You know what I mean, right? Anyway, this is fun and interesting and it could be a thing to return to off and on.
I've been talking about using mugshots to practice faces for a long time - since I discovered Karin Jurik, the master of mugshots. Then, the other day I saw a posting by my new FB friend, Reed White. A professor once said to me, "If you're thinking it, someone's doing it." Apparently. Reed seems to be drawing from the local well, but I don't think I should do that, as a local educator, retired or not, so, my resource comes a community to the south. This was fun and I'm sure I'll do some more.
Today my husband stopped along side of the road and cut some flowers for me - WAY more than you're seeing here. He told me he had to drive home with the windows down because there were so many bugs. It won't be long until all the bugs are frozen and the flowers are finished, so I intend to appreciate them until the end. I crammed a fraction of them into a jar and did my final painting. Every day I've at least leaned something about my materials. Today, fore instance, I had to start over after turning my first attempt into a mud pie. Thus my fantasy of wrapping this up early was smashed. Like a bug.
I'm not a gardener. Perhaps I will become one in the future because I'm always envious of the flower beds my friends have. I do have these growing though - I think they're called Cosmos. They look much better now that it's almost October than they did all summer long. Very optimistic and cheerful. I have one more painting and I can tell you that if I have learned one thing this month, it's that if you are too tired to clean your brushes, you can put them in a newspaper bag and freeze them over night ;-) I've actually leaned a few more things than that.