Vanessa’s photo references for this piece were so inspiring that I set to work at once and finished the picture in a single sitting. We had discussed creating an abstract, and I still hope to do that; but this pose was so stunning that I steered in the opposite direction to create this realistic portrait.
Marci Among the Fairies
The first time I saw Marci, I immediately thought she looked like a fairy. This picture is proof that, at the very least, she associates with them. Maybe they have taught her some of their magical secrets.
Or maybe she has taught them. Who knows?
The Thinking Woman
When Marci got these wonderful glasses, I knew I had to feature them in one more portrait. They’re wonderfully expressive, don’t you think?
A while back, I wanted similar frames for myself. There were a handful available, but as they all had Harry Potter logos I declined.
Here’s a piece that’s closely based on a stunning image from photominimal.tumblr.com. Usually I use a photo only as a starting point, but this one was so exceptional I didn’t dare to make any significant changes.
The marvelous Milki is partially obscured by deep Baroque shadow, her facial expression difficult to read. Is she lost in meditation, daydreams, visions? Is she inviting us to look at her, or has she even noticed us?
This is a moody and mysterious piece that welcomes individual interpretation.
It’s a pretentious, archaic word meaning four. I had not yet entitled anything with a Q and decided it was time.
Here is another set of gesture drawings assembled into a montage. These reveal my roots as a cartoonist in their exaggerated posturing. Four different models with different physiques (and hairstyles) are represented, and the whole thing is painted in primary colors suggestive of Matisse.