In the last few years I have painted 192 portraits and so I have decided to take a break for awhile. Also, as it is autumn, I am heading back to my studio with all of the sketches and inspiration I have gathered over the summer to create larger works once again. I love painting big.
Lately I've given a lot of thought to body shaming and the fact that it was rarely males who were disparaging to me or my girls but, unfortunately, it was often other girls. After a rest, I know I will still paint the beautiful faces of the many women I connect with and admire but may begin to add some males to the mix as well as I'd like to honour the fact that my daughters & I are lucky to have many good men in our lives.
I know I want to exhibit this group of 50 portraits and would love to create another book, this time including all of the portraits together and perhaps gather each woman's personal favorite quotes. It will be interesting to see where this combination of old & new portraits will travel. I'll keep you posted.
AIRdirondack Art Project