I'm still receiving stories and photographs, which are fabulous by the way, but am also still in need of 12 grandmothers to paint. I know that they will come over time, and am so grateful for the grandmothers and the interesting histories that I have already received. My greatest challenge at this point is whether to paint them all as young women or later in life or to paint portraits only like the 'Nasty Women' project or a variety of different poses more like the '52 WEEKS::Heroes' project (above). Many years ago, I saw an article in a Victoria magazine about an artist who used old photographs to create large paintings in black & white. She never included faces and though the imagery was slightly abstracted, I really loved that she honoured these people in their prime like that. The third option would be to create a collection of both old and new paintings. I'm also undecided as to whether I would like to paint these portraits in black & white or lightly coloured like a hand tinted photograph or in colour. Decisions, decisions.
AIRdirondack Art Project