Friday, July 17, 2009

Southeast Whitesburg Mural--20 Portraiture

The young lady portrayed on the right is a respiratory therapy student, and is holding a large blue resuscitator air bag as she demonstrates proper technique on a mannequin.

My flash is reflecting back to me on these photos unlike the photos I have been taking of the buildings. This is partially because I have switched to a gloss medium rather than a matte medium, and partially because these paintings are right at eye (and therefore flash) level. One does not get these reflection in person, because the lighting in the room is from above.

I hope I do not live to regret my decision to switch to gloss medium rather than matte. My thinking was two fold. First, the gloss medium gives richer deeper colors and more dimensionality. My hope is that it will make the faces more lively. Second, a shiny surface will, I hope, repel dirt, finger prints, etc. more easily just as a gloss wall paint does compared to a flat wall paint.

Today I worked to fill every inch of a contiguous (if odd shaped) space, finishing faces, hair, clothing, hands, books, computers and other details.

I am enjoying, very much, painting faces, but I wonder if I can do the huge number that I must to complete this mural. It is rather a daunting task.


SandyCarlson said...

This mural is really, really lovely. You are very talented. There is inspiration in that girl's face. Spirit.

Geraldine said...

You truly have a gift Sue. Your painting comes alive, looking at the faces...wonderful!

Qaro said...

They look beautiful!