The ability to complete, AND be proud of a portrait piece has always been elusive for me. I really made it a goal to practice faces, and send them to my daughter for critique. When I am drawing a portrait I always have a story in my head that she shared about an art student and an art teacher. The story goes: the art student had an orange in front of her and was told to paint the orange that she sees, she does this and is so proud of her orange…when the teacher comes by he says to do it over. She asks why, feeling her orange was perfect. He told her, while you have painted a beautiful orange, it is not the orange in front of you. Paint the orange you see with your eyes, not the one you see in your mind.
So my daughter continues on, she said the face that you painted is a cute face, but it’s not his face. Paint the face you see.
I have a long way to go, and my goal is not to become the worlds best portrait artist, but to have that skill in my arsenal to be used when I need it!
With that being said, here is the piece that sparked this blog post, a commissioned artwork involving a photo that was taken in Hawaii, and a lot of creative freedom to make the background whatever I wanted!
Thanks for reading! Here is the finished piece.