Tying My Hair - FINALIST, May 2020Save Favorites
I like to mix realistic and abstract painting, I think it really resonates like an echo to our current world. A mix of beauty and chaos. Beauty that remains, eternal, despite the chaos.
I usually paint the face and the hands first in a very realistic academic manner, inspired by the great painters from the end of the 19th century (Bouguereau, Sergent, Durant). Then starts a long journey where I will put and remove painting in successive layers for the background. A background that will at some places overlap the face, and at some other places merge with the portrait. It usually takes me a lot of time until I am fully satisfied with the overall composition. There must be a sort of harmony, the face has to well integrate the background and the background must echo the portrait in some ways.
For this one in particular, I particularly liked the gesture of my model, tying her hair. It was actually « off record » between different poses, but I liked it so much that I took it as a reference photo.