Since early 2018, I started painting slow oil paintings from the information from fast croquis. I’ve been exploring ideas about connection so much lately, First Impressions have been a huge part. It’s fascinating how much instinctive information can be filled in upon a brief meeting. Only so much of that information can be quantified with language but there is so much intuitive information residing in sense and energy.
I do a fair amount of drawing from life. The figure drawing parallel occurred to me – croquis are these fast drawings that capture gesture, shape, position, and weight in seconds. They often contain enough information to fill in the blanks to translate quick lines into solid human forms with energy and emotion.
That’s exactly how first impressions work… we flesh out quick skeletal scribbles into emotionally concentrated human forms with very little to go on.
Each of the photographed paintings above are: 10×10″, Oil on Wood, 2018
This one was different in the sense that I showed up for one of the life drawing groups I draw with and the model was a woman I know and dance with! Tamara. She’s wonderful.
These first impression paintings are somewhat about how much information we fill in on our own from an initial meeting, exchange of energy, first impression. Overthinking.
In writing this post, I found a raw and personal draft about this project from a year ago when these were just forming. I still haven’t gotten to the place where it feels appropriate to share it though. Maybe someday.
Anyway, I’ve been making slow paintings from quick croquis. I worked from a 30 second gesture drawing here. There are some process shots in the gallery below too. If it’s not done, it’s close.
It was difficult to find a stopping point with this one, I know her and what she looks like. I suppose it’s kind of parallel to the sense of meeting some who has strong and familiar energy pull.
It doesn’t look like her.
Tamara is a fantastically creative woman. See what I’m talking about in her blog.
First Impressions, Tamara. 12×12″ oil on canvas, 2019