A series of Self Portraits in the style of my favorite artist throughout history. This project has been on my radar for awhile now and I am excited to begin with Evan Uglow, British 1932-2000. This often overlooked brilliant artist was never into exhibiting his work. His style is classical and he rigidly controlled his model. A grid pattern is often visible in his finished portraits.
This 8 x 6 floral in oil represents a breakthrough for me. The Purple Iris painting captures the essence of the flower in paint.
I attended a workshop with Stanley Bielen. These three florals were painted during the workshop and signal a new direction for my painting. Looser and more intuitive.
This is the watercolor portrait that I described in a previous post with the frame and the custom matboard.
I created the portrait of Geneva in watercolor. This medium was perfect for the soft, backlit photo reference that I was able to pull from a video that her grandparents had sent previously. I also created a mat, during the framing process I decided that a darker color was needed to surround the soft tones of the background. I couldn't find the exact color matboard, so I used acrylic paint and watercolor paper to create a faux mat and taped it to the original white matboard. I will include a photo with the frame and custom mat.
Patricia Davenport is a portrait artist in Ann Arbor, Michigan