Wednesday, July 1, 2009
This project began because of a group assignment to paint another group member. My partner is Mary L. I know that she is Native American. She once told me that she used to wear a leather strap across her forehead during the 60's. Mary is always laughing and I often think that she has an extremely serious side that she hasn't yet shared with us. All this was in my mind today when I painted this. I didn't use a reference, I just painted an impression of all these ideas. I really enjoyed the lack of color and breaking the rules by painting with black and adding blue for flesh color. After a time this strong willed young person emerged and I don't know if she fully describes my ideas about Mary...but she took over the canvas and more less told me to leave it right here. It's a study.