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A don’t usually paint male faces but this one wanted to exist. I tried some new techniques – using the palette knife earlier in the process instead of filling in all of my foundation first. It did NOT go well and this dude went through a seriously ugly phase. But my commitment has always been to finish every single painting I start. So I just took my time with him and let him emerge at his own pace.

I didn’t have a name for him until he was completely finished. As soon as he was, I could see he was juuuuust about to ask me a really important question.

So – I call this one “The Question”. painting has two parts. The part you create and the part that is created. It never ceases to amaze me how it can start as one thing and then, if you listen to it, it becomes it’s own thing. It’s such a vital lesson for any creative process – the letting go. Painting has taught me more about this than I ever learned as a so-called “creative”. Wish I knew then what I’m learning now.

Acrylic on Canvas – 12 x 16



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