Tuesday, May 19, 2009


I saw a photo in the Seattle Times the other day, and thought it was a very interesting face. Turns out it's Geitner, the photo is by Applewhite of Associated Press.
I've been thinking about painting faces for a while now. So, when I saw the photo I had to cut it out. This might be a copyright infringement, so .....shhh.
I've got an inquiry into AP for permission (I didn't tell them it was after-the-fact).
I never did hear how the Obama 'HOPE' poster controversy turned out.
This is acrylic on canvas 12"x 9".

Since I don't want to get all tangled up in copyright infringments, I took a look through my own photo files. For years, I've been taking pictures of people and squirrelling them away with the idea I could use them for portraits.
When I look at family and friends pictures I have a hard time seeing just a face. I see memories and how they looked years ago and I find it very difficult to actually paint them. I've tried, and it just doesn't work! So, I need photos of people I'm not close to....
Here's Jenna. This is a photo I took in September of 2005.
This is an acrylic painting 8"x 10".

I like the Geitner painting better because it's a little more abstract. I started out wanting to make a very abstract painting. But, next thing I knew, it was this!
But, I think Jenna turned out really nice, too. I started it thinking I would get very defined with her 'edges and planes', but again, it turned out more realistic than I had intended. The under painting was very plane-like. I think that is what ultimately makes it a good painting.
Should I fight this tendency to go realistic? or go with the flow?


  1. Love the Geitner painting. You're a good painter.

  2. Thank you Annie! He has a great face and it was a very good photo. He caught him at his best.

  3. Launa R10:09 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing. You have so much talent and self motivation.Go with the flow!!!

  4. Nice portraits, Terry; I think you're on to something here!