Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sionna #26 - One Hundred Alla Prima Paintings of American Teenagers

"Most teenagers are really concerned about their schoolwork and personal life, and how to create a balance between the two.  (Advice to other teens)...just enjoy life and try not to stress over the little things that don't really matter in the long run."

Sionna is the sister of my daughter Olivia's best friend, Alana, so it was very special for me to paint her. The pose looks simple enough, and she never complained, but her mom told me later that her neck really hurt during the pose.  I see it now in her expression.  I think its hard for these young models to sit for four hours (they do get a break every 20 minutes), and I have to be really careful not to start a pose which may seem easy at the beginning, but could become difficult later on in the session.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Joe # 25- One Hundred Alla Prima Portraits of American Teenagers


"(Teenagers are really concerned about) Nothing, that's the beauty of being a teen.  Enjoy everything."

I wish it were that easy.  For some reason, this particular  canvas, which I really like ( New Traditions lead primed portrait linen) keeps buckling even though it is really tight when I first stretch it.  You can see on the left hand side.  I am not sure why this is happening, but it happens every time. 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Molly #24 - One Hundred Portraits of American Teenagers


"Be optimistic.  Nothing is really that bad as a teenager, just focus on having fun. "
Molly filled in for us last minute when another model didn't show up, so we only had 3 hours.  She had a very dramatic look,  I would have loved to have more time painting her.