Fernando Amorsolo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernando_Amorsolo , a wonderful painter from the Philippines, painted her portrait and asked her to pose without smiling in a photo that he could use to prep. As we all know painting portraits of folks smiling always leads to an odd emphasis on the teeth which throws off the portrait.
Lee in her test pose
Lee Perry by Fernando Amorsolo
Lee did not want to be painted in her uniform and borrowed this green dress for the sittings
When I first started to paint I did this portrait from Lee's test photo.
I wanted it to be somewhat stylized but I always felt that the upper lip was a bit too wide.
This was done in 2010
I had a last minute solo show at City Hall in Annapolis and had to come up with a number of paintings. I decided that the time was ripe to attempt to "improve" on the original watercolor of Lee that I had done in 2010. One of the most interesting discoveries was that one didn't necessarily have to be completely exact in a rendition in order to have a subject look like themselves in a portrait. Looking at the lovely work done by Fernando Amorsolo one can see that there are some slight differences but that the overall effect is spot on and very beautiful.
It isn't easy to correct watercolor as those who choose to work in this wonderful medium know all too well. But I am pleased with the result and am afraid to tamper with it anymore.
Alex is a 19 year old young man who works with me summers in the marina...He is an avid and extremely talented fisherman who loves nothing more than to fish. Although this was a prize catch Alex put him back - he practices "Catch and Release" fishing...And real fishermen don't care what the weather is like.
I wanted to try a more abstract approach. This process was one of discovery and fun! I also realized what a pleasure it was to not have to be quite so tied to exact details as I find myself with figures. If a mistake is made - make another shape - plan A reveals plan B etc.
Another swimmer - I obviously like to expand on a theme. It all started with the goggles. I had done a couple of paintings with women in sunglasses and then decided to try and find something else that could lend interest to a group of women - particularly in regards to their heads - and came up with goggles! This subject matter has also kept the pressure on having to paint so much exposed skin - a real challenge.
Nick Simmons was my teacher, mentor and dear friend for 7 years. He challenged and inspired me to try new approaches and to always do what I wanted to do with subject matter and technique. I learned so very much and grew in confidence - the confidence he always tried to instill in his pupils and friends. Thank you Nick. We will miss you.
At my first workshop - I had never done watercolor before!
With my model Amy, and Nick - who pushed me to do my first solo show - a real leap of faith!
A daring and somewhat wine-fueled purchase of Barcelona!
The happy owner and the artist..
It was too big for my car so Nick volunteered to deliver and hang it...it took hours to hang!
At the BWS MidAtlantic show this past June -kudos and support from the master....