This portrait is full of every blue color that I had on my palette, from deep indigo to bright ultramarine, with a little sea green mixed in as well.
My college sketchbooks are full of one-eyed drawings where I started a face, and then either ran out of time or simply felt drawing the other eye would be too difficult and I should stop while I was ahead. This painting shows that penchant, as I chose to style my model with her bangs covering one eye.
Azul is one of three paintings that I did at this time that all used bright colors to match the personalities of the subjects.
While this trio is made of separate pieces that exist beautifully on their own, I love placing them next to each other whenever I show them. These are the very first, earliest versions of what would become Personality Portraits; portraits that match unique colors to the subject's personality.
These paintings bring back a lot of fond memories of painting in the Art Building on campus; quiet, the smell of printmaking inks and turpentine, my friends stopping by just to watch the progress of brush on paper.
This painting is sold in its handmade frame (yes, I cut and nailed the glass, wood, and matt for this painting myself in our college frame shop).
It is approximately 16x20", and framed is approximately 20x24"