Saturday, October 21, 2006

For Mama

Mi Vieja, 2006, oil on panel, 10 x 8 inches
I just got done with my mother's portrait. It took a long time to get started due to my fear that I would mess up. Once the first layers of paint were applied there was no going back. This is my second portrait ever and I'm very happy with the outcome. I think I'm going to be doing more. I love the challenge that a portrait brings, there are so many different colors in the human flesh that trying to capture all of them is exciting. When I first decided to do a portrait of my mother I knew that I wanted something straight forward and simple. Something that would suit the simplicity of her character. I am very proud of this one, and I'm debating whether or not I should keep it or give it to her for Christmas. I'll decide when December comes.

8 comments:

Shant said...

This painting has a hugh emotional note. I thought this before I knew it was a painting of your mother. It feels as if there is a little push pull going on within the person.

Luis Colan said...

Thanks for stopping by Shant. When I was finishing the portrait I did think that there is some emotion in it since it's about my mother. I think that if the sitter was some one else, or some one I'm not close to the painting would be lacking that human element. About the "push pull" that was not intended.

arianna said...

Luis, it's beautiful. i think she will love it as much as she loves you. :)

Luis Colan said...

Hi Ari,
I just got word from my sister that it seems mom didn't like it. I didn't portray her fresh faced as when she was years ago. What is it with women and age?!? :)Well, I guess that solves the problem of giving the painting to her or keeping it.

Peter Yesis said...

GReat Job Luis! Now don't quit do another. Perhaps a self portrait this time. Yu'll soon get hooked. The portrait is so demanding but so worth the effort.

Luis Colan said...

Thanks Peter, I was thinking of doing a self portrait next. I guess we'll see what happens once I get started on it.

Claudia said...

Hi chicho I´m Claudia your favorite cousin =)
How's it going? ,that picture is nice I like it...don´t forget write me ok?
see you ;)
I love you...Claus

Luis Colan said...

and miss claudia keeps surprising me! How are you...i wish i could write but I don't even have an email for you!!!!
By the way, me puedes escribir en castellano, todavia no me olvido de mi lengua natal. :)
Besos y abrazos.

Luis