You know, there’s a little pressure with this project. First of all, you guys are trusting me with faces that you know and love. (What if I mess it up?) And then, there’s the challenge of telling a story with each face. (What if I mess that up, too?)
So this week, I’m starting with a few faces familiar to me. I played around with color on this one, and the eyes are just a little too far apart, but I can see me (at age eight) here. Almost.
As for the story… this is one of the few photos of myself that I like. Because of an accident when I was very small, I needed a lot of serious dental work. And my teeth looked terrible at this age. So, I avoided smiling in photos. Sometimes I still do.
That’s part of the reason my time by the sea last fall was so special. Some wise friends, showed me that I needed to let go of that, and start showing my smile to the camera. I think that’s ultimately what led to these paintings, too.
And I’m thinking as the series progresses, you might even see a painting of me with a smile on my face. (Maybe.)
4×4 Oil on Masonite Block. Email for details.
If you’re just joining us, here’s a video explaining the project. And send me your faces! I’d love to paint them!