There are certain themes that most artists are drawn to and return to over and over. This group of African women are my repeated muse. I have painted or drawn them about four times now, and undoubtedly will return to, as I grow and change in my progression as an artist. Someday I would like to sculpt them not even aware of what materials I might use. My brother took the original photo while working on a building project in Mozambique.
The first painting is acrylic on canvas and includes part of a fourth woman’s face. The next two are charcoal pencil and pastel on Wallis paper. The fourth is an acrylic under-painting with pastel overlays. The last one is the only painting titled, and I call it Primary Colors. I am lately attracted to a more abstract impressionism as evidenced in this last painting. My color palette is becoming more bold as I become more sure of myself. Also, in order to abstract, I am practicing a more realistic approach first. I have been told that “in order to break the rules – you must learn the rules first”. Sigh – and I thought that I could skip this part! Faces are still somewhat hazy on purpose. Just a hint and the rest is up to our imagination! Any favorites?