The best part of painting portraits is the connection I feel with my subjects. I become a channel receiving and recording the light emanating from the model. Jeanne has a beautiful spirit. I hope the painting has captured for the viewer her loving and peaceful essence. Namaste.
The last two photos are of the final version of Jeanne’s portrait.
In the final version I softened some edges, warmed the highlights on the nose, changed the mouth, added more curls to the hair, deepened the shadow at the hairline, moved the signature, etc. etc.
A poem is never finished, only abandoned. It could be said the same is true of a painting. It is always best to keep things simple and to allow the viewer to add their own information.