The term “mudhead” was originally used by Charles Hawthorne who founded the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, MA. Mudhead was the term Hawthorne used to describe the method of painting the color and shape of a model with disregard to detail and features. At the time that Hawthorne taught, impressionism was a new concept and artists from all over the U.S. and Europe came to Cape Cod for its unique quality of light to study this new method. When Hawthorne died his student Henry Hensche taught this method of seeing and painting light to students. Today, mudheads are still taught by a handful of artists, such as Camille Przewodek and Joseph Ebersberger.
(This is a detail from a painting that I'm submitting into the "eight+" show at O'Connor's in Multnomah Village. The "eight+" are approximately eight of the most regular PPASP members who meet at O'Connor's. I'll post the "whole" painting tomorrow!)
Painting "mudheads" is way of considering the concept: "less is more".
Oil on 30x40 stretched canvas (Update: SOLD!)