Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Roman Nose IV

So after a few tries, I think I got it.  Thanks, Priscilla, for being my model from about 1200 miles.  This is not really Priscilla.  She's prettier.  But THAT'S a Roman Nose!

Searching for that Roman Nose

I am working on a small portrait using my sister as a model. I have painted that nose quite a few times now.  In our family my grandmother, Lona, --"Dandmama" to all the grandchildren--spoke of having a Roman Nose.  I capitalize Roman Nose because it was important (to Dandmama).

Dandmama prized this classic attribute.  She was beautiful, loved beauty in all forms and Dandmama loved art, so her opinions had weight with me.  My dad had the Roman Nose, as does my sister, Priscilla, and my niece, Alyce.  I don't.  My brother doesn't.  So my current figurative painting, with Priscilla as reference, needs to have that beautiful Roman Nose.  I keep coming close, but then it just isn't quite there.

In an earlier post, I spoke of my former painting teacher's urging me to keep searching.  I am searching, I am searching.  I have to find that Roman Nose--capturing it continues to elude me.

Here is my work in progress.............

When I finally find that Roman Nose, shall I title the painting Roman Nose or Red Turban as I had planned?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cool Hotel

Well, here we are--hidin' out from the cold, dreary February Indianapolis clime.  I am sitting in southern Florida, a few miles up the road from Miami.  Painting in short sleeves on the balcony.  It's restorative.  It's sunny. It's warm.  It's easy.  

A new environment pushes me to paint new things.  I am still staring at people, tucking them away in my brain, but I am attracted to the architecture and the tropical plant life.  It's the land of ART DECO.  And I never met a palm tree that I didn't like! Palm trees are great graphics.  Swirly palm branches and striped bases.  Love, love, love.  So here's my fresh take on what I see off my balcony today.  Clean lines, cool colors.  Cool Hotel.