Getting Ahead

The Magician has a face. Strong featured, with high cheekbones and a strong mouth, she’s full of character.

This has been very enjoyable, even exciting at times. I love painting faces, shifting the balance of expression by making very small changes to the shapes, subtly altering the character of the person. I also get a great deal of pleasure in the way the first draft of the face alters as the next layers alter and modify what’s laid down in the early stages. In this painting I’m interested in how the hard edges of the stripes are going to balance with softer skin and hair.

Hands and feet remain.

About pearce

Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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