Thursday, March 24, 2011
My father - again
My father has been dead for over 20 years. About 6 months before he died I started a portrait of him, but it was never finished. He saw the start of the piece and liked it, but life - and death - got in the way to stop its completion. Although I've tried to draw and paint a portrait of him several times since, it has just never worked out as I wanted. The likeness evaded me at every turn.
I pulled out the old portrait tonight to look at it again and see if I could revive it. The image below is the original portrait that was started about 21 years ago. It was painted in acrylic and as it was a thin layer I figured I would take a chance and paint over it in oils. The canvas board is 16 x 20 and the portrait a head and shoulders quite small in a dark background. Perhaps it was symbolic at the time, who knows?
Using another image of him, as the original photo is heaven knows where, I started repainting his features in oil and lightening and softening the background around him. Getting a photo of the current painting has been nightmarish, but this is the best I can do for now. Another one in daylight tomorrow may be better. I'll continue to work on this. I don't want it to be heavily detailed. It should be more like a memory, a bit misty.
This time I think its going to work.