Saturday, September 27, 2008

Ancestor 5

Acrylic on paper, 7" x 5"
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The fun part of painting portraits that don't have to resemble anyone in particular is that I end up inventing my own cast of characters. I stop when they seem like interesting people. Maybe the process is a little like that of a novelist imagining a fictional person into being.

As this painting developed I began to think this girl's face looked a little like many of the women in Renoir's paintings--a certain kind of puffy-cheeked poutiness. Then someone said she/he looked like Val Kilmer, and my whole consciousness of the painting shifted. I like that nebulous quality, though--gives one room to dream.


Sylvia Jenstad said...

Really cool... what an amazing painting... so cool

Unknown said...

I saw this one as a young man with extremely deep and thoughtful eyes. Your comment about imagining them as fictional characters was right on; I have just finished re-reading "The Great Gatsby" and this character is so close to my visual picture of Nick Carraway!


Don Gray said...

Thanks, Sylvia.

Don Gray said...

Nick Carraway, eh, Graham? I guess I have to admit it's a gender-bending character, alright.