3 Faces and What is Style?

I paint a lot of faces as most of you know. I am enthralled by what comes thru in a face more than the physical characteristics of a face.  My work reflects that....I paint them because of essence, and not because the nose is so many centimeters from the top of the lips, etc.

That said, I CAN finally knock out a fairly good representational portrait, so my skills have increased which is a good thing. But is it what I want to do, love to do the most? Not particularly.

I don't know what it all means...but I am giving myself permission to just paint faces any old way I feel like in the moment. Why give myself unnecessary and restrictive rules? I tell my students all the time, No Rules!  So I must practice what I preach.

So what do you think about these faces?

Three painted in last couple of months. Quite different.

Three different portraits of woman's faces. Which is my style?  I say All of Them!




Colorful Portrait (was my goal)
acrylic and pastel pencils
10 x 8 inches on textured canvas panel


MORAL TO THE STORY:
Don't worry about style, just paint. Paint as much as you can, and paint whatever your heart desires. All the rest just falls into place - your style, your artistic calling, and the way forward. "Don't worry, be happy."

* I am really having a rough time taking GREAT pictures lately, so I may be looking for a new camera. Or just improve the photographer that I am (not). When you blog, images are really everything.  The above pics by my phone.


Blessings and Paint On!
~Joanie

Comments

  1. What makes all these faces "your" style Joanie, is that all give the feeling they are just about to tell a story - perhaps, pardon the pun, they are "storytelling interfaces". Just to make sure that I was using that word appropriately, I looked up the definition: Interface: the place or area at which different things meet and communicate with or affect each other. Yes, I think it fits nicely! I've often thought that it would be interesting if you posted a select number these charming portraits, and asked readers to "make them talk", that is, submit a short paragraph, or a sentence or two of the very thing they can imagine the portrait is telling them. I would be so interesting to compare the stories! Could call it: Impressions of Expressions! Oh my....am getting carried away. See the effect those portraits produce?

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    1. Oh Gayle, I love your idea! And your comment, insight, into my story telling girls. Sometimes it is so easy to dismiss a portrait as "just a face" but for me it is so much more. Thanks so much for your commments!

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  2. I also love faces. at first I was afraid to try but one day just said I will paint nothing but faces and fill a journal, which I did. as I continued I found it easier and my images improved - nose easier, eyes with more expression, lips much better. but I never wanted them to be "perfect" - always a little off, quirky, fun. I continue to paint faces and figures and see my style coming out. practice is the key.

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    1. I say go for the Quirk and Original any day! Thanks for commenting Marcella. Practice IS the key, for sure.

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  3. All three are exceptional. I am in awe because I would like to do faces better. Why choose I say, if you can representational, and the other then why not! They all have warmth, and personality and wonderful textures. :)

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    1. Yes, why choose indeed. Each painting is yet one more snippet of our soul's expression. How could some be "wrong" and others "right" - they just are what they are. Thank you so much, Sheila, for your kind words.

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  4. Hey there Joanie! Excellent post. As you know, I absolutely LOVE your style!!! Always have and always will. Great advice for sure!! Hope your hand is healing well!!! Happy Spring to you.

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