Emily, oil on polypropylene, 35 x 45 cm SOLD
here is a portrait of Emily that i knocked off for Julia Kay's Portrait Party (my semester break fun) over the last couple of days.
The original photo supplied to JKPP by Emily can be seen here.
I painted onto white polyproylene panel knowing the brilliant white reflective surface would contribute a luminous quality to Emily's skin. The painting came out nothing much like an Alex Kanevsky (see my earlier post on his technique here). Seems my mark-making is just more restless and variegated than his calm and methodical layering.
Emily has amazing eyes and skin, and i wanted to feature them by juxtaposing a finely worked face in a sea of painterly marks.
Placing idealized features directly beside abstract expressionist fields of impasto alla prima color, where the clothing, hair and background are none realistic, has the effect of bringing out the porcelain doll quality in her photos. Can one legitimately mix styles in a painting?