Sometimes, in putting in the time to practice rendering a face, the underlying structure is so unique and powerful that it makes it feel easy. Such was the case with Paul Newman, who had such a strong face: the brow, the nose, the cheekbones that seemed to be cut from marble... it was a pleasure to try to interpret that which made his face unique.
It has been a busy time with little freedom to paint. I thought briefly of posting some works in progress that stalled out, but decided to spare you all. A recent trip to Santa Maria/Santa Barbara left me hungry for the chance to paint those hills, vineyards and trees. The eucalyptus and sycamore trees especially have magnificent form, but I was driving with family and had no opportunity even to pull over to look, and when I did, it was never the best vantage point. Still, I was consoled with the wine tasting, and nursed my wounded Art Spirit.
Best wishes and merry Christmas to all.