Kelly's blog where she was showing an underpainting she had done for a portrait she is working on. That inspired me to do the same for my current work in progress. I loved it in the sketch phase (you can see that in this post) and am thrilled how she is emerging here
And for these women here there's nobody else who can bring them into being except me. I love that about being an artist (or a human being for that matter) - nobody can express what is yours to express. We each have something to say in a way that's entirely unique to each of us.
So this year, I'm giving in and painting what brings me the most joy. Women portraits. Not men. Not children. Not animals. Not landscapes. Maybe the occasional flower. And I'm painting in a way that brings me the most satisfaction, meaning with lots of layers and textures.
Painting from the heart - there really is no other way, is there?!