One of the biggest problems I have is coming up with subject matter. I want to paint (quilt, stitch, draw, carve, weave…) and my first thought is “what do I paint (quilt, stitch, etc…..)?” So, I turn to my scans of old photos for inspiration. This particular photo is of my sister, Donna, when she was 2 or 3. She has the curliest hair ever and the story goes that she had to have it put into a ponytail or bun. I don’t remember, I was a baby at the time.
I went to work on this picture.
This is the small color study I did in prismacolor pencils with a little pastel pencil. I was going for vibrancy in color.
This is the 24″ square acrylic painting done from the color study. I didn’t even look at the photo at this point, I wasn’t interested in creating a portrait of Donna. I was more interested in being painterly.
I believe this in a nutshell is why I have such a hard time with calling myself an artist. I am not so much inspired to paint a subject or express something in a painting as I have the desire to just paint. Perhaps a career in house painting???
The original photograph was taken by T. J. Eubanks, my grandfather. He had such crispness in the photo (it is a tiny photograph) and I went and obliterated it.