acrylic on hardboard
Coming up with titles is either easy or hard. There is no in between. This one came to me at the beginning of the painting process. With "Beauty Queens" I'm celebrating the diversity of my family and the concept of beauty. I began this painting with each face. I thought capturing each woman's face would be the hardest part of the painting, so wanted to get that out of the way first. In the back of my mind I knew if I couldn't pull off the faces I could just scrap the entire thing. Then I wouldn't have committed too much energy and time on this one. I also knew that it takes a lot for me to scrap a painting. I hate the feeling of defeat. Realistically, if I didn't get the faces modeled just right, then I would be obsessed until I did! That's no fun. Luckily I was able to paint all four portraits in about three hours. I impressed even myself.