I finally completed many paintings to display in my upcoming exhibit entitled, “Faces of Life.” – Pt. 1. I began sketching faces of people I admired or had a connection to last year. While creating I didn’t realize at that time they would be placed on display but as I began drawing out the faces on various size canvases and subsequently painting them, people continually asked if they would be exhibited. So the decision was made to do just that. The paintings are created with water colors, metallic and color acrylics. Some of the creations have a dimensional line to give a faux stained glass impact. The canvas sizes range from 12″x12″ to 24″ x 38″.
The paintings are my “similitudes” which are the quality or state of being similar to something. My paintings capture the person and are not meant to depict realism. This first exhibit represents people of color in many shades and diverse backgrounds. The people represented in Part One are the following: Retirees, Quilter, Baker, Artists, Makeup Artist, Retired Colonel, Engineers, Kids and a Social Activist.
Faces are magnificent! They are magnetic, beautiful & diverse. The expressions can exude magnetism, be alluring or hypnotic. This collection of people was not chosen simply because of their facial features. The “similitudes” I have created are of people whose inner spirit touches me with their love, joy of life, spunk, tenacity, guidance, friendship, support and inspiration! This is Phase One with Phase Two being exhibited in 2020.
Hope you enjoy the work! The first exhibit will be held at Art Works Studio, Richmond,Virginia, in the Skylight Studio with the opening reception on Friday, October 25, 2019 and the exhibit will be on display until Saturday, November 16, 2019.