My creative process for portraiture begins with what the model projects. Body language is a very important part of achieving a likeness. Therefore I do not pose my models. I talk with them after they seat themselves. The more we talk the more comfortable they tend to become in the chair and in my company. I watch them move about in the chair until I’m stuck with a composition. Left to position themselves with no more direction then sitting or standing the subject will take a pose that is characteristic of them.
-Pamela Dulong Williams
I like this artist, who calls herself an ‘impressionist’. I have a scant notion of what that means, which is odd because I’m usually drawn to work that is described this way. I suppose that’s homework identified: Define ‘impressionistic’ artwork, the what, the why, the how. I like it whatever it is.
Of Self-portrait she states:
I usually paint a self-portrait when I find a need to experiment. Self-portraiture gives me the privacy to explore an idea about something such as the scale, palette, or the temperature of light. The subject of myself is secondary – I am just a convenient model willing to pose for however long it takes without complaint and at an affordable rate. Self-portrait painting is also particularly helpful for building skills that will be used in portrait commissions. This self-portrait (below) became a statement of my dedication to myself as an artist and a mother. I painted it from life with a six-month old baby on my hip, myself in a night gown, and my four-year-old daughter.
-quote from AmericanArtist
Advice From The Artist:
Work from life, always. Learn the foundations, And do not get comfortable – it is in the solitude of unfamiliar places you will find your way of painting.
There is some sort of quality in Williams painting that I love and may learn to incorporate into my own artwork one day. Is it abstract? I don’t know. I notice she also includes the odd bird, not in every painting, only some. I wonder why?
You can find Pamela at: www.pameladulongwilliams.com