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December 03, 2005

Whom do I paint?

Can you paint anyone? Jo asked.
No. I want to reply, then: yes, then I drop the speech marks.

I can paint anyone, though the results are not always what Im looking for. I dont want to paint just anyone. I am very interested in painting certain people. And not so interested in painting others. And there was a woman in the supermarket this morning whom I had absolutely no interest in painting whatsoever.

Its about finding someone who can give me what Im looking for in a painting. This is not always easy because the people I want to paint dont always want to be painted. That is very frustrating.

When I met Jos boyfriend I knew I wanted to paint his face. There was so much there; so much history, life, sadness and energy. So we started today:


And the good thing is we talked and talked, all about the way things are. Very interesting. And while we were talking I made a few marks on this piece of paper with this black stuff in my hand. And you should never start a sentence with and but always start a portrait with the ears.


A truly snuck up on drawing.

Posted by john at December 3, 2005 02:38 PM