Earlier this year, I painted a large portrait of David Bowie as a way of honoring the memory of a great artist. After posting the image on social media, I received a message from the director of Girls Rock Camp ATL. She asked if I would be willing to paint a smaller Bowie portrait and donate it to GRC for the annual showcase and fundraiser.
This was a no-brainer. Of course! I love Girls Rock Camp! The next time you see me, ask me about my weekend with Ladies Rock Camp.
Girls Rock Camp ATL is a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering girls and women of all backgrounds and abilities through music education, creative expression, and performance. We provide leadership opportunities, build self-esteem, and create a culture of collaboration among mentors, peers, and the broader community.
If you live near a city that has Girls Rock Camp / Ladies Rock Camp, please consider supporting it!
Naturally, I waited until the very last minute to get started on the portrait. There's always this little twinge of fear that prevents me from starting early. Like a little voice that says, ahhh you're going to mess it up...
But I lay down the basic shapes and work through the fear anyway. I mean, I agreed to it, I have to finish it! People are counting on me.
I don't paint portraits often, but when I do I use oil paint. Somehow I find it easier to color match than with acrylics. It makes a huge mess, but it's so worth it!
Seriously, the doubtful voice in my head was loud loud loud! I was sure I'd mess up the eyes (Bowie had very significant eyes), the mouth, and the hands. But I powered through every roadblock I encountered.
I surprised myself with this painting. I'm so proud of my work and my willingness to hunker down and work through my own nay-saying.
I hope it raised a lot of $$$ for Girls Rock Camp ATL!
12" x 16" oil on artists panel