This is the first time I’ve featured the work of a fellow artist on my blog.
When I first started to blog, I made the decision to keep my intentions simple and though I’ve been quite tempted to highlight the work of artists I admire, I have only shown you my various efforts.
Today I’m making an exception because the artist whose work I’m featuring is my son.
Gesture, humor, elegance and the drama of the human condition converge and surprise in Julian Cartwright’s drawings and paintings.
At least that’s how I see it.
This is the second birdie child-vison influenced image.
Most of the elements in this piece began as really loose watercolor paintings. I brought them into Photoshop and digitally placed and painted.
I almost always put in a little more work after I show you what I’m up too. This piece is no exception, but I need a little time to know just what I want to do.
As a portrait painter, my new challenge in watercolor is to quickly capture a natural likeness.
When I work in oils, the process is forgiving, because I am able to walk away, reevaluate, and layer corrections to please both myself and the client. The loose watercolor portraits of sisters above, were executed very quickly. And because they were not commissioned work, I had the freedom to get very close to the likeness I’m always after, without worrying about nailing a likeness. The upside is that with watercolor, the paintings are quick, and I can make many. I’m hoping that in a relatively short amount of work time, if I paint several watercolors of a subject, I will be able to yield at least one likeness that will hit. We’ll see;)