Saturday, May 22, 2010


I finished the portrait of Zoe and I'm happy with it. Of course there are areas where it could have been better but I'm new at this and am trying not to be too hard on myself. It actually looks like her and I have learnt a lot. Hopefully I will continue to learn as I embark on the art of portraiture. Its something I find incredibly difficult and I lack confidence. Hopefully this too will change. I put my heart into it and basically you can't ask for more than that, can you?

Lineage - Zoe aged 8
mixed media on canvas
91.4x121.8cm (36"x48")

Something that really bothers me is that you can't see the size of a painting on a computer screen. The size is part of it and it adds another dimension of meaning. So I added a pic with a silly goose grinning over the top of the painting to give you an idea of the scale. The silly goose is quite pleased that the painting covers many of her protruding and saggy bits hehehe.

Now with this work out of the way I am in the planning stages of another work. A trip to the library saw me with an armful of books that I am looking forward to flicking through. I bought a new canvas in preparation and decided on the same size as 'Lineage'. Recently I have recovered from my fetish of painting shoes so it only seems natural that I am now planning a painting (or maybe more) involving dresses. At this stage I am thinking of a 1950's dress built up with layers of stained and altered papers. I think it would be funny to have the dress on a coat hanger and make the hanger look like its hanging from the top of the canvas but we shall see. Oh did you hear that??? There it is again ...... my studio is calling me, bye for now


Suz said...

Uta it is heartbreaking beautiful
her face...perfect

Uta said...

Aw thanks Suz

april said...

Oh Uta! It's beautiful! Looks exactly like her. And what a wonderful story to go with it. I can not get over the size you paint! A treasure.

Uta said...

Thanks April. Even this size canvas seems small to me now hehehe.

Laura said...

Your work is just growing leaps and the passion seeping through.

Doris said...

Why did I assume it was a large piece? Love the finish of expression! Great portraiture! So just off to dresses? No more faces? I do think the dress will be fun.

purplehatartist said...

This painting says so much! I just love it. The colors, the way she is adoring the gorgeous pansy, and the size--just amazing. I think portraiture is your style.