I just wanted to show you where I regularly make my people sketching here in Mojacar (Spain):
For the ones who are already here or plan to come here, I can only recommend the place: the cafe con leche is fantastico, as well as the little donuts which they serve with it! And if you have a great face, this is one more reason to come: I need you there!!!
As I saw this woman reading her newspaper, I was totally fascinated by her little fat hands and arms, especially by her wrists, in this case only a line between arm and hand. This kind of transitions between different parts of the body can be very thankful to draw and make the charm of the whole drawing… look at baby wrists or ankles and you will understand what I mean… it is so touching some how. By this woman here, too… and strange enough, the way she holds the newspaper makes even think then her fingers are too small
I never was a fan of self-portraits.
Well, in fact, I don’ t like to look at me in a mirror!
Well, it is a little bit embarassing to answer, but to tell the truth, when I look at myself, I only see the ugly details! I focuse my eyes on them, exactly the way I do when I do a painting. The difference is that I can fix the errors on a paintng, but not on my face or body!
But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that I am full of complexes and that I suffer. I have the right amount of self-confidence and I have a partner who repeats me 10 times the day that I am the most beautiful woman in the world! Nothing better to feel like Miss Universe!
I did that sketch of me some months ago. Ink, water colour, and computer manipulation. Mousy is a product of my imagination… I was alone at home, my Kevin was gigging in the UK and I needed some company…
But do you know what? In honour of this new blog, I will make a series of self-portraits! Perhaps I don’t even need to put myself in front of a mirror for that… many painters do it that way!
I started this series of sketches about people reading newspapers in my main blog some weeks ago, but as I decided to present all my paintings concerning people here, it is where they belong now.
It really fascinating to watch at them. To start with some of the papers are so gigantic that the people’s arms and hands seem to grow accordingly! So if you think, looking at this first sketch, that I don’t know the natural length of arms, you are wrong. Look at people reading newspaper, and you will see: their arms are suddenly made of elastic stuff!
What amazes me sometimes is when people come together to a Cafe, and one starts reading, holding the newspaper between him/her and friends. I find that incredibly impolite and careless!
This is by the way my nightmare picture of a couple: sitting at breakfast, the man reading newspaper, and holding it between him and her in a way that they can’t see each other. Like a wall, kind of. And in fact I guess it is really meant as a wall, consciously or not!
I am working right now on a portrait, from which I would like to show you its true face, but I am not allowed. First of all the portrait is meant as a surprise for a man soon becoming 70 years old. One never knows who would find it on the net!
And then this man is a German VIP, of sorts. I cannot publish his portrait without asking him, and I can’t ask him because it is a surprise, And even if I could, I would not, because I am quite sure he wouldn’t let me. His profession wouldn’t allow it, I guess.
But don’t worry for me, he is neither a terrorist nor a drug dealer nor whatever other monster might have crossed your mind. He is simply a lawyer… but a really big one! Of course some of you (me included) may think that lawyers and monsters are one and the same, but that is an argument for another time…
So, I have altered the portrait in a way that one cannot really recognise the man. Anyway it is not finished, I have to add some wrinkles and lose some others, to put more light in his eyes, to dye his hair a little bit and to change a hundred other little details, which he won’t be able to see when the portrait is finished, but which will have the effect to make him appear 10 years younger.
In fact this is the real art of portrait, to make the portraited people feel good and beautiful about themselves!
This is my first entry in this new blog, which, in fact, is a little brother from my professional painter website Planet Goodaboom (www.goodaboom.com}. But this one will be exclusively dedicated to my portrait art. In fact this is the beginning of what I plan to become a big adventure through and by means of cyberspace. I’ll tell you gradually about it.
I will regularly write here about my portraits painter life, my experiences, the commissions I am working on, and the sketches I am regularly doing outside on the café terraces.
Actually I am spending some weeks in a little town of the south of Spain, where I arrived some days ago. Today, for the first time since I arrived, the storm had stopped and the sun was shining and I could sit outside and sketch people. Normally here in Spain the people have loaaaads of time, and when they sit at a café, they kind of sit all the day! But this morning, I don’t know why, they were moving like crazy, coming and going incessantly. Perhaps the effect of the 3 days of storms which still sat in their bodies? It was not easy for me to catch them, I can tell you! Only one guy sat there all the time, and you won’t believe it, he spent his time sticking his tongue out at everybody! I guess you all thought the tongue was a part of the woman’s dress behind him!
PS: Don’t ask me why he did it!