12x24 inches, oil and collage on paper
This is a work in progress, something quite different from my usual approach to painting from old candid photos, much brighter, more stylized. The original photo is of my grandmother, Bernice Tess, and her good friend, Elizabeth Thompson. I have several photos of them and their families together at the beach, hiking, on driving vacations and so on. But the picture of Liz and Grandma reclining by the shore has always tickled me. My goal here was to drastically simplify the image, play with patterned paper for their blankets, and use color for decorative effect, rather than try to imagine what the actual scene might have looked like. I still need to paint over patterned paper at the bottom, and add shadows under the women, and I am still trying to decide whether or not to define their faces more. Right now their indistinct faces appeal to me.
However it turns out, I'm having fun.