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First Impressions

First Impressions figurative oil paintings

A series of figurative oil paintings

First Impressions Jodee Clifford
4 First Impressions 10×10″ oil on wood, 2018

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. Here I’ve been fascinated with painting something equivalent to overthinking details about someone who makes a strong first impression, based mostly on intuition and energy like a gesture drawing. Continue reading First Impressions

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First Impressions: Tamara

First Impression: Tamara, Oil painting on canvas First impressions.

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