July 5, 2013

Paintings by Leslie Watts








Paintings by Leslie Watts

Egg tempera portrait paintings based on digital photographs.
The beauty of working from digital photographs is that subjects are spared not only the agony of sitting still for the dozens of hours required, but also the knowledge of how long and how keenly they have been examined. Painting a portrait means striking a balance between rationally analyzing the planes and colours of a face and creating a convincing sense of the personality behind it. Fortunately, once the rational, analytical part of the process takes over, the personality of the subject seems to make itself known all on its own, and that uneasy feeling is soon forgotten.