50 Figures

With the beginning of autumn, and more time to paint, I have made a personal goal for myself to draw and paint 50 figures before the end of the year.  I am looking forward to this opportunity to play, to not get hung up on details, to let go of perfectionism and explore the many ways I can make these figures my own through color, shape, line and collage.

These are small pieces, and I am drawing my inspiration from the work of favorite artists, magazine photos, and my own personal images.  This painting, titled “Flower Lady,” is based on the outline of my shadow on the sidewalk on a sunny afternoon last week. I used hot press paper, which is so smooth it almost feels slippery.  I haven’t painted on hot press for some time, and I really enjoyed the loose feel of painting on it.