Two Painting Sketches

Last month or so, I did a few quick paint sketches of faces. The first one is finished. The second one is just the first layer. I may turn it on its side as if the figure is laying down but then the name would have to change. We shall see.

The Numbers Man
Acrylic on Gessoed Bristol Paper
18 in. x 24 in.

In this next one, you can see the texture more clearly made by the gesso. Some of the texture will be more obscured once I add more paint.

Behind the Door
Acrylic on Gessoed Bristol Paper
18 in. x 24 in.

This photo appears slightly blurry to me. The photographers fault, I am sure. Guess who that is. Plus, I see other things going on in this one, rather than just a face, so it may change completely once I'm finished. It depends on what mood I'm in when I continue with it. Come to think of it, I see a smaller head and shoulders sitting on the shoulder of the large figure and there is another one on top of that. Half of the face of the figure may be combined with part of the door. Plus I see a face screaming behind the hand. I see even more but I'm not saying. Ok now…I'm giving myself the creeps.

It is interesting seeing my work on the screen. It's as if I am the observer and can critique it while staying detached.

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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56 Responses to Two Painting Sketches

  1. PainterWoman says:

    Darko, I saw a tiny one inch picture in the Wall Street Journal while reading an article. The face had an interesting angle to it and, looking at it with a magnifying glass, I loved his lips. πŸ˜€ I figured the title 'Numbers Man' went with what is going on in the stock market. Angeliki, I too like the golden color. The second one might lose alot of it though because it's just the first layer of paint.

  2. gdare says:

    I like the first one. Who is Numbers Man?

  3. ellinidata says:

    It is always wonderful to see you work Pam,I love the use of the golden shades,it makes them standing out ,more luxurious and mysterious at the same time:Dthanks for sharing!:heart: + :love:

  4. ellinidata says:

    I am glad you can use your fingers wisely Pam ! :devil::lol:looking forward to the next level (of the painting that is) πŸ˜€

  5. ellinidata says:

    I hope we see all the progress,it is OK Pam you will always know it is gold to the core :heart:

  6. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks Angeliki. I was going to work on it this week but I've got the handyman coming over to finish a few things I started and couldn't finish. He fixed my sliding glass door yesterday. It needed new wheels. I can open it with one finger now….yaaaaaaaay!

  7. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks Scott. I prefer this style as opposed to my more meticulous paintings. It's much more freeing. I usually hold my breath when I push the button. Years ago I never had to take more than one photo of a subject. Nowadays, that's not the case as my eyes are getting worse. For some reason I didn't take a second one of this or the first one for that matter. I was lucky getting the focus right with that one. The things I now see in the second painting, I didn't see until I had it up on the computer screen. It gives me a whole other perspective.

  8. I_ArtMan says:

    i know what you mean pam, somehow i become more objective when i am looking at my painting on the screen… even more interested. it's a strange phenomenon.

  9. I_ArtMan says:

    outstanding pam, both of them. i am liking your style. :heart:"This photo appears slightly blurry to me. The photographers fault, I am sure. Guess who that is." two tips you probably already know.1. don't breathe when you push the button.2. take a couple or more. one will be sharpest.the second painting… when i have a fleeting message like that, i often forbear. in other words i can't go on to completion because i don't want to lose that quality. i call it 'essence', and it is a very fragile substance. πŸ™‚

  10. claudeb says:

    Both sketches are intriguing, and I can't wait to see them developed. You have a very interesting style. Not that I know much about paintings.

  11. PainterWoman says:

    A strange phenomenon for sure Scott.Thanks Felix. I don't think I'll touch the first one although, now that I look at it again, I'm thinking of adding a light colored dot in each eye for a reflection. That might take away from the intense look though, I don't know. The second one will be developed much further.

  12. PainterWoman says:

    MrColombo: Thank you. I'm glad you liked it. I'm curious now…what questions were answered? Carol: πŸ˜€ Nice to see you. Thanks for the thumbs up.

  13. Dacotah says:

    Hi Pam, nice to "see" you too. You are welcome. :DI don't think you want to know what I see on the door. :faint: πŸ˜€

  14. PainterWoman says:

    Heavens, no need to be sorry. Yes, I had seen a face up there…not a baby though. There is much to do to this painting if I decide to take it to what I call 'The Bad Place'. Every time I look at it, I see more. What's funny is that the picture I used as a reference had a man looking around the door and it was an ad for a men's cologne. I totally changed it by kind of putting in my face then giving myself long blond hair.

  15. Dacotah says:

    Thank you. I just didn't want to offend you. I don't see the whole face, to me I see just the nostrils and an open mouth of a baby. πŸ™‚

  16. PainterWoman says:

    Tell me, tell me!:p

  17. Dacotah says:

    Ummmmmm……..ok, but it must just be me seeing it. On the door, at the top middle, where the blueish color is, it looks like a baby with it's mouth open and throwing up a river of white stuff. Sorry. :faint:

  18. ricewood says:

    I very much like the way you handle the colours. A bold and unimpressed approach.

  19. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks Allan. Yes, I do like using lots of color. Ever since I did a whole series of copies from The Fauves, it taught me to use color. I must do a post on this group of artists, although they were a surly group spending much of their time drinking alcohol in cafes.

  20. Suntana says:

    The 1st one … Hmmm? Charlie Sheen? Looks familiar, but it's escaping me at the moment. Great job, Pam! Solid! :headbang: The 2nd one … Whoa! I would have never seen the 2 little images on his shoulder if you hadn't pointed them out. I swear, I think the immediate 1st little image looks a tad like Kurt Russell with an eye patch. πŸ˜† So, are you possibly conveying that that dude's conscious has a conscious of itself? Whoa! What a concept! It's like Conscious Squared. :eyes: At first I couldn't see the screaming face behind the hand. It took me a couple of seconds before it materialized. And now that you mentioned all this hidden stuff, I now swear that I think I see yet another full-sized body to the right of the screaming face. I picture it facing back and looking downward to the right. I don't if THAT was by design or if I'm just seeing that.That is weird! Mind-boggling! Cool!Day-Um! You're good, Pam! :up: :up: It's like you created one of those hidden images pictures that were popular in the 90s where you had to cross your eyes to focus a certain way so that the image would appear. Except you did it without computers.

  21. PainterWoman says:

    πŸ˜† Thanks Carlos. I swear I don't plan for these things to happen. Usually when I do a random face, I just want to capture the intensity in the eyes or what I feel is the essence of the person. With the first one, I could have done more, like toning down the white on the bottom half of his face, but as soon as I got done with the eyes….I stopped. There are times when an artist has to put down the brush and walk away and say 'it's done'. The second one, well….I knew it wasn't done but wanted to see it on the computer screen. I didn't start seeing all these things till it was in front of me on the screen. Yes, I do see a full-sized body to the right of the screaming face. This painting is one of those that take on a life of its own. I won't be able to continue with it till next weekend though because I'm painting black and white checks on a wall in my kitchen.

  22. edwardpiercy says:

    I like the first one, Pam. To me there seems to be something a bit androgynous about that face. Maybe.As for the work in progress, I seem to be seeing a genie on his shoulder, with folded arms.

  23. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks Ed. Yes, that second one is definitely taking on a life of its own and the figure on the shoulder is going to be something….a genie sounds good. Hadn't thought of that.

  24. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks lovinmalamutes. I'll have to do a lot of thinking about this one. It may change completely. We shall see.

  25. lovinmalamutes says:

    I really like the second one and would hang it as is. It has so much more going on then just looking around the door. I know little about art except for what I find appealing to my eyes. So, for what it's worth GREAT job!!!:up:

  26. studio41 says:

    very nice and amazing work, Pam!

  27. PainterWoman says:

    Thank you Jill.

  28. studio41 says:

    my pleasure!

  29. lovinmalamutes says:

    Looking forward to seeing the finished piece. 😎 :up:

  30. BabyJay99 says:


  31. PainterWoman says:

    LeAzz: :happy: Glad to see you up from your rest.Jean: Thank you. :happy: Glad to see you here.

  32. FIFINELEB says:

    I like that kind of painting very much. I do not know why but isn't that ART ? Congratulations,Pam.

  33. wickedlizard says:

    These are great! I especially like the first one! πŸ™‚

  34. Suntana says:

    Has anybody else seen the Panther and the Rabbit yet?Oh yes, they're in there.

  35. BabyJay99 says:

    Glad to be hereLady Pam πŸ˜‰

  36. PainterWoman says:

    πŸ˜† Soon I'll use a piece of vine charcoal and lightly outline all the things I've seen and, if I can find other things, I'll sketch them in too.Then you'll see the hare! Of course, the rabbit I see may not be the same one Carlos sees. πŸ˜†

  37. Suntana says:

    Okay, the Panther is actually part of the Screaming Lady. You just have to focus differently. Look at the upper left of the lady's head and a pointed ear comes into focus. Then a Panther or some sort of Cat materializes.And the Rabbit, it can actually morph into a woman's face. See the hair on the sides?Woooooooo! What have you created here, Pam?!! :yikes:

  38. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks Issy!:happy: Leazz: :happy: Carlos: Yup, I think I see the rabbit but so far not the panther. :left: :right:

  39. PainterWoman says:

    πŸ˜€ Just wait till a put up a few of the really weird paintings that are finished. 'The Pod People' might be the next painting I put up. It's a bit on the creepy side with Rabbit Man, Snake Man, Picasso Man, and a few other things in it. This painting got into a six week exhibition at the Harry Wood Gallery at Arizona State University. I'm finishing up a roll of film of paintings and other odds and ends. I took a few photos of the recent moon/venus exhibition. Friday night, I think it was when Venus was very close to the Moon. I have no idea how this photo will turn out.

  40. lovinmalamutes says:

    Okay I found the cat but not the rabbit. Where did you hide the hare?:lol:I'll keep studying it, who knows, maybe I'll find something too! πŸ˜† I really enjoy your work Pam, and all of the commentary that follows.:up::D

  41. PainterWoman says:

    Oh no! Two different hares! And a hairy chest on the first one? Did we all have some of that 60's drug in our coffee this morning? πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  42. lovinmalamutes says:

    This should be good. I am really looking forward to seeing what all will be found. I'm sure I've missed more than the hare. :eyes: πŸ˜†

  43. Suntana says:

    The Rabbit I am seeing is towards the bottom Right of the Pic. There are 2 solid dots and a fainter dot below those two. Then below that is a very distinct mouth-looking line. Depending on how you look at that spot, you can switch between seeing the Rabbit or a woman's face with hair on the sides.Uh Oh! Guess what, Pam? Now I'm seeing something in the 1st Pic. Look at the forehead. Don't you see the hairy-chested upper body of a Bodybuilder Dude on there? :insane: πŸ˜†

  44. lovinmalamutes says:

    Sure does sound like it.:yikes: πŸ˜†

  45. zetorres says:

    Pamela, I'm amazing with your excellent paintings! It's and honor to have a friend with that talent! :up:

  46. PainterWoman says:

    Thank you Ze. :happy:

  47. zetorres says:


  48. PainterWoman says:

    Linda, thanks for visiting. Yes, Under the Door would be kind of strange. However, this painting is taking quite a turn and the door might disappear altogether.

  49. L2D2 says:

    Yes, if you turn it on side, please rename it. After all, Under the Door might not sound quite appropriate!:) Or, alternatively, On Top of the Door. Ha

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