In an attempt to keep my blog from being just about The Real Housewives of wherever, I'm going to share some photos of something I absolutely love doing- body painting. I was a huge fan of Keith Haring's work growing up and admired his paint on everything approach. I had an- Oh my God, I want to do that one day- moment when I saw that he'd body painted choreographer Bill T. Jones back in 1983. Still find those images remarkable. As someone who has painted on all kinds of surfaces: paper, canvas, panels, walls, furniture, fabric, and beyond, I think a body as canvas offers such promise.
It was about a month ago that I painted on my friend Henry. I quickly generated a bunch of loose drawings and paintings of him and used those as a backdrop. All photos are taken by me.
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That's Henry in front of the collage of quick portraits.
Using MAC Chromacake body makeup, I started with his face and neck.
I painted his entire body white and set it with some magical MAC powder.
Next, I drew caricatures of him on him using a black calligraphy-ish makeup pencil. I forget who makes that but wow was it quick and easy to work with. All those faces took only about 90 minutes to draw. Again set with the magical finishing powder.
I had some photoshop fun with a couple of the crouching poses above.
I'm a fan of a triptych, so above is Henry unpainted, fully painted, and then an oil stick portrait I did after the project.
Another standing pose.
I scattered those portraits on the ground and had Henry interact them. Art returning to art was my idea.
More of that.
Above is a 30" x 22" portrait of Henry I did days later using oil sticks. That's a great medium as it stays "alive" and very workable for several days like oil paint but it doesn't involve the same extensive cleanup that the paint requires. I still have absolute love for painting with oils but there is something special about drawing with oils.
So that's that. Hope you liked. Here's a photo from the last body session I did with my friend Mike.
I painted a bonsai tree on his torso. You can click here to see my previous posting with Mike. Sucks having such unattractive friends, huh? :)
Lastly I want to share the very first body painting I ever did. This is from about 14 years ago..... My partner was my willing canvas. I used grease paint, eyeshadow, and eyeliner to cover him in an array of faces.
Thanks everyone for indulging me........ I have several more sessions coming up in the following month so expect to see lots more of this kind of work.
If anyone is interested in purchasing a print of these images, please let me know and I'll make that available on my etsy shop.