Jessica's big head is giving me problems. After many hours of work on it this weekend, and several attempts at retouching, I finally went back in and scrubbed it out to start anew. I think that the biggest issue is, well, how big it is. Because Jessica sits a couple feet in front of the other people in my source photos, she is by far the largest figure. But as true as the perspective may be, it looks strange when painted. This is partly because I chose to paint the people on the couch, where most of the sitters are located, approximately life size. Jessica, in the foreground, needs therefore to be larger than life size, and so ends up looking like a stray figure from a mural or billboard instead of a cohesive part of the composition. On my next attempt, I'll have to figure out a better balance between the suggestion of perspective and what fits in with the rest of the painting.
Here are a couple of process shots to give you an idea of how things were going before I got entangled in scale issues. My first layer of color:
I've started this blog as catalog/display for my artwork, particularly my ongoing projects. At the moment, that means "Shell Game" (where I buy clothing, alter the clothing in ways that are not immediately perceptible, like lining a pocket with pink fake fur or painting on an underskirt, and then return the clothing in the hopes that my altered pieces will be resold and/or found, creating moments of the inexplicable, critiquing consumer culture, tricking people into buying art, etc.), "Post-it Books" (where I write stories on post-it notes, and stick them in library books in such a way that they entwine with and riff off of the original story), and my paintings (which are, well, paintings).
I would say more about me in this "About Me", but the sneaky nature of some of my recent work begs a bit of stealth-mode. Suffice to say that I am very very good looking.