Over the years I’ve occasionally tried to do a painting based on a photo from a Men’s magazine. They have never come out satisfactorily. Besides poor execution stemming from the many inherent handicaps of working from photos, the images always came off as embarrassingly pandering. And why wouldn’t they? The photos’ are designed for men to masturbate too.
I made another stab at the process with “ Porn star” a month ago. This one the first one where at least the technique was acceptable, but the same cutie- pie glamour element is there making it still in the woman as a sex object first and foremost category along the line of artists who do pin-ups.
Oil on Wood 12x16
After trying another that I won’t even post that was again to pin- up cute, I decided to go against my libido, the goal to find something deeper than surface sex. I picked a photo of a well past her prime stripper who was never a beauty, but obviously had “assets” she could exploit and be exploited by. I worked over an old painting by priming it with modeling paste with the deliberate notion that I wanted the surface to be as rough as her life had probably been. I don’t recommend modeling paste as a surface, it was like trying to paint on cement, but I think it helped me avoid making it sweet and pretty with the brushwork as I usually do. Shaved down my brushes too.
Oil on linen/ modeling paste 12x16