This started out as an entirely different painting – a strong abstract with a raw feel – but during the course of putting brush and finger to paper, a much more figurative-expressionist face was yearning, demanding even, to come forward. The transition from such an abstract to more figurative in the middle of painting helps explain the complete lack of balance in facial features: eyes too big, nose to small, etc. (Alongside, of course, my lack of practice, experience, and training…)
I’ve never done portraits like this (though it’s not technically a portrait, as there was no live subject, nor even a reference image), but as with the previous journal page, something is driving me to do so. I wonder what that’s about? This piece was actually done in one session, which is not normal for me either. I was feeling sick while painting – a little dizzy and hot – but for some reason just couldn’t stop. I realize rather than just play with paint and styles, I am starting to search for something in my art-making, for some sort of expression, something yet unknown. It will be interesting to see what evolves.
Media used: craft acrylic paints