This week we will be starting an entirely new project. I am a huge fan of the winter olympic games (I am a boarder) and was able to find some great photos on the internet. (I’m actually hoping to attend the 2010 games.) I had originally intended to use one of these as a desktop at work. But then I had the idea of painting one of these photos. The photo that I will paint is seen below.
It is a photo of the skier Bode Miller during one of his events. Though Bode was the subject of perhaps a bit too much hype, there is no doubt that this photo is a nice action shot. (And of course, Bode did win 2 silver medals in 2002.) After so many southwestern scenes this seemed a good and healthy change and a new kind of challenge. I am not normally a painter of figures.
The painting, in its current state, is seen below.
I have been very careful in the placement of the figure on the canvas. Somehow I was able to avoid having Bode too close to one side. ( or cutting off his feet!) I am very pleased so far and look forward to working on this piece in the coming weeks. I hope that you will also find this interesting. It is a distinct diversion from my usual practice.
See you next week when Bode will become somewhat less transparent. (I’ll have made sure to reduce the photo size for us dial-up folk.)