Many looks...capturing one look out of many...Jessica
Jessica Charcoal/Watercolor 14 x 10
After years of sketching and contemplating the human visage, I have come to realize that there is no one "image" that captures an individual. Consider, for a moment, the variety of faces that greet you each morning as you look in your above-the-sink-mirror................some of them are pretty scary. Right? Over the years, I have had the opportunity to draw and paint various models several times each. And each time I feel that I have a grasp on a bit of truth. It takes years and years of contemplating family members in order to completely understand that brow bone, that nose bump, that one-sided smile. And so I have ceased to be disappointed in that notion of likeness-perfection that can only exist in a split second. I have painted Jessica four times in the past several months....each one is different. This particular drawing has perhaps less of a likeness than the other attempts. Yet, I like it. Charcoal on 90# hot press watercolor paper. The background was washed in at home. Experimentation. Excitement. A bit of truth. Mine or hers?