Things I Would Tell You If You Were Here
First I’d point out the original size of the image I had to work with. I had to blow it up 1000%. Well, I just made that number up, but it’s somewhere in that ballpark. Either way, it was insanely small.
Normally I would refuse to work with an image needing that much enlargement. I’ve turned down some clients for this exact problem.
But I have a problem saying no. (Except to my husband.)
The next thing I would say to you is, “Look at the size of this thing! It’s 36×48 inches – the largest painting I’ve ever attempted.”
See it in my studio!
I have a tiny studio (which I love nonetheless). Note my palette on the floor and another commission on my easel. What you don’t see is a third commission spread over my kitchen table! (Which is the reason we were also sitting on the floor to eat meals.)
Lots of Texture
Lastly, I’d tell you to touch it. The background is rich in texture and layers of thick paint. Unfortunately, photographs just aren’t going to do the painting justice.
What appears as black, is actually a deeply dark luscious red.
View the Head in Progress
*click to open the lightbox
In The End
She was with me many months, and by the end I did not want to let her go. But you saw my studio! If I wanted to start any other projects, she needed to make way. I hear she has a beautiful (and large!) wall to herself.