I love painting people from life who are completely new to the experience and I think it makes me paint better.
The large format super bright coloration via palette knife has been quite an extraordinary exploration within my portrait world - and like nothing I have done before. At times I have felt I really must stop and go back to what is safe. But exploring makes you learn, grow, and nurture, yes, independence from art formulas that artists can get stuck in when they start selling their art to collectors. They get known for a certain 'look' and that is what they have to keep producing so their collector base doesn't get confused and head for the hills.
Taking risks is risky.
But something keeps driving me forward to continue perhaps thanks to great feedback from some very kind folks in the most surprising places.
Here is my latest finished today in time for July 4th Independence Day in America.
By Johanna Spinks
36 x 36"
Available through Saachi Online
Who says you can't hang paintings on patios?
|The second of two life sittings via palette knife. Thank you as always to the beautiful Lynette.|