Thursday, February 14, 2013

Latest watercolor, "Finding Solace"

When I paint from a reference photo, there is one thing I try to keep in mind throughout the process: What is the story I want to tell? It doesn't need to be a literal story; it can also be a mood, feeling or emotion. 
In the case of "Finding Solace", I snapped a quick photo of this man in San Francisco. What drew me to him was was his expression; he looks as if he has lived a long, weary life. I started thinking about where he might have lived as a young man. For some reason, I thought of Eastern Europe. From there, I imagined a dreary, urban scene, not the colorful background in the actual photo. Then I found this image of a fence with snow on it and I knew I had my story.
It's up the the viewer to add their own ideas of what this painting might say to them. Who is this man and where is he? What does the fence signify? Is it literal or symbolic?


Arti said...

You are right, this painting absolutely has a story.I love the treatment of your subject, beautiful in every way.

Candace X. Moore said...

Beautiful, Peggi. A very evocative and successful piece.

Maria's Watercolor said...

So amazing! I received your Watercolor Made Easy Portraits book for Christmas this year, LOVE it.

Bruce Sherman said...

Good Morning Peggi!... This is a wonderful and sensitive portrait in the truest sense. While you have described the necessary thoughts that permitted you to "create "your" story to get underway... the portrait itself visually invites the viewer to do the same.

His eyes seem as cold and empty... as the snow laden-spaces of the fence which quite literally... and symbolically sets him aside from us.

Enjoyed my first visit to your site! I will be back.

Good Portraiting!
Warm regards,
Bruce Sherman

Peggi Habets said...

Thank you, Arti and Candace! Maria, so glad you are enjoying the book and finding it helpful. Bruce, thank you so much for your comment and observation. I love hearing others' take on my work. I also enjoyed visiting your blog.