“I think the best portraits don’t necessarily show you what somebody looks like, but they tell you what somebody is about. I’m much more interested in what something feels like than what it looks like.” -Duane Michals
You have to know by now that I just love to paint rabbits. I created this background by laying on paints and using different tools to create texture while the paint was wet. This one was done with about three layers of painting, texturing and sanding in between. Then I loosely drew the rabbit in pencil and added the different colors of paint – cadmium orange, van dyke brown, neutral gray, black and then white. Next, I added all the line work with charcoal pencils. And ‘Jenkins’ was born.
This is a small, quick piece using the same technique as Jenkins. I really like creating the textured backgrounds.
This one is done pretty straightforward – no abstract background. When I create a more realistic painting, I usually paint the images directly onto the gessoed board. With this one I painted the sky, grass and added the building and clothesline and thought it was finished. It took a couple of days before the bird pulling the wagon showed up.
“We have art so that we do not die of reality.” -Nietzche