Two weeks ago I agreed to do a portrait exchange with Susan; it was another go at this portrait party business.
First I tried a conventional portrait, but just to be different I used a red pencil. And then I soaked it in diluted red india ink. And then I washed it. And tried to flatten it.
The result was something like a dying leaf ... lovely in a destroyed kind of way, and almost entirely useless.
The details are certainly charming, I said to myself as I was tearing it into squares to make a collage. At which point it just stopped being anything. At least I took some pictures first.
Next I tried a painting. Canvas, 24x48. From the first few layers there emerged something that reminded me of a Barbie box. Then came the worried lamb.
I'd been doing a lot of cursive 'h's lately, and the word 'hello' just wanted to be there.
The tilt of the head is different but I hope the eyes remain the same.