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I’ve been putting my contemporary portrait paintings for sale online for the past 21 months and I recently had my 200th sale. In the week since The Jealous Curator’s fabulous blog post I’ve sold 25 paintings including these ones.
“Washing Hair” sold to the person (now an official collector) who bought “Y-Front #4” back in the summer.
It’s funny; “Washing Hair” looks so simple and confident, but behind the scenes, man, there was a lot of swearing, and I chucked a tube of paint (Caucasian) across the room… an open tube. Never done that before. Had to clean splatters off the cupboards etc. It must have been finished at least a dozen times, but then I had to go and try to make some part of it better (sound familar, women? …and why does the word ‘women’ not work there? Why do gals, ladies, girls sound OK and women doesn’t?)
I wanted the figure to accomplish so much in the big picture – in the history of how women are portrayed, how we are in private, how we feel about ourselves. Painting over and over, wiping and washing sections away. It took a couple of hours, but in another way, it took a lifetime.
To me, this grappling activity is painting. Not filling in areas with pre-determined colours, like you see in YouTube how to paint videos.