Sun-kissed & Fabulous
oil on panel, 10x10"
Ah summer! I thought this was an appropriate kick off image for my month-long painting endeavor. She’s revelling in the sun with those shiny sunglasses and pursed red lips, ready to say something snotty and hilarious.
Absolutely Fabulous is a BBC show with lead roles Patsy Stone and Edina Monsoon. These two characters disrupt the delicate feminine airs associated with their peer group at the time the show aired. They go together like drunk and disorderly, leaving a trail of laughs behind. Their over the top ridiculous charades portray a comfortableness in being a spectacle that I find wildly entertaining.
My strokes were intended to be swift, fast and confidant, embodying her arrogant spirit. Her expression was odd, one I’ve never painted before, a new challenge. I decided to go for a close crop to highlight the expression, and make it easier for the audience to enter into the painting. With an intimate crop, the viewer draws near and has a better chance at hitting the “sweet spot” for ultimate painting viewing goodness!
Ingrid Victoria Wells