|Detail from Katie blazed a trail at 8 3/4 months|
|Detail from Pam's world turned upside down|
My guarantee was this: I like to create the illusion that I don’t use photographs and I work exclusively from life. I bristle at comparisons of my work to photographs and I don’t want viewers looking back and forth from my reference material to my painting noting similarities and differences. The painting stands alone. So I guard my reference material fiercely. I told Katie that my selfish pride was her guarantee that her quasi-nude photos won’t be parading on the internet…I want to hide them more than she does.
|Detail from Leah runs, bikes, swims and tackles…Paul|
I also stressed that this was not a commissioned portrait where there was an element of client approval. The model would be doing me an honor, a privilege and a favor to pose for me, but the painting was my vision with their body and soul as inspiration. The intent was not to make fun of my friends and make them look bad, but if I found a physical quality that would make the painting better, and it wasn’t something that THEY liked, I would still paint it.
|Detail from…do I really need to tell you? |
by Leonardo DaVinci.
|Detail from Gypsy by Franz Hals|
|Detail from Freedom from Want |
by Norman Rockwell
whole Chicks with Balls painting in this blog post? Sorry to disappoint, but I really want to build the suspense as we count down to the show in the summer of 2013, so I am being selective about which CWB paintings I show in their entirety. Stay tuned and next time I'm thinking I'll show a whole one!
Images by Franz Hals and Norman Rockwell are courtesy of The Art Renewal Center, (artrenewal.org)