Shared Spaces 2019
Shared Spaces is an annual art show run and set up at Nazareth College. Local Art Teachers pair up with seniors at their respective schools, and produce a piece of art work. The pieces can have a common theme or not.
This year I picked Shawn Turner as my student for the show! Shawn was working on his portfolio which had a very strong "family" and "heritage" theme. We struggled with an idea and after few sessions I decided we needed to do portraits, and of a family member. Shawn picked his mother as the subject and I selected my grandmother.
I started "Attempt #1" after a very successful painting demo in one of my classes. I just dove in and started to paint. I was splashing paint around, got into a nice groove. I then brought the piece home and worked the whole weekend on it! I was struggling with a direction, and with a solid piece of reference to work from. I eventually contacted the photographer who took my grandmothers original photo and got a high resolution image instead! After battling this painting all weekend I got to school and started all over!
In comes "Attempt #2".
1) I sketched a better starting point, which is always a good idea. Good bones make for a good painting!
2) I added in a nice base painting of Phthalo Blue getting my values correct.
3) I taped off the Yankee pinstripes, added some accent colors and layer upon layer of watery, drippy paint to give the final painting some depth and contrast!