|Margaret's Misgivings, oil on canvas, 11"x14"|
This piece was super fun; I usually start with a fairly accurate 'drawing' with paint, but this time I started putting down paint before I knew what my subject would be. Finding a head and shoulders in this mess was a challenge, but a rewarding one. Despite this, the drawing must always happen- whether its on a pre-toned canvas with a bit of burnt umber or squishing through a quagmire, if the drawing doesn't happen, defining structure- its honesty, its sincerity- is impossible.
My teacher, Vilas Tonape, once told me that in an objects structure is its soul. I wasn't sure at first what he meant- but it becomes clearer each time I paint.