Artist: Maddie Bailey
The work you make spans many mediums - how do you decide which medium to use when you're beginning a project?
Good question. This is a bit of a problem for me. I really enjoy experimenting with all sorts of media, and I tried to split the three main ones out into separate Instagrams (machining, digital and painting) to create more continuity in my work. My main Instagram page used to look like work by lots of different artists. At the moment, I have been concentrating mostly on oil painting. It’s a really great medium for staying loose and not getting too tied up in the details, which I tend to do. It takes a long time to dry, so I have to live with the painting for a while. That way, I get to take a step back. I usually do a digital colour study first, especially when working from a photo because there is generally a ton of colour information missing.
What other artists inspire you?
Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore, Jenny Saville, Lucian Freud, Connor Harrington, Andrew Saldago, Banksy, Shepard Fairey - Obey Giant, Jimmy Law, Senior Coconut (NSFW), John Wentz, Preston Paper Boy
Why are you interested in portraits? How do you choose your subjects?
I’ve done a lot of life drawing in the past when I lived in Portland where it was a lot easier to find models and classes, but I always had trouble drawing faces so I decided to concentrate on portraits. I consider my current work all practice in which I'm thinking about colour combinations, shading, edges and form. I choose mainly female faces because the female face is a lot harder to paint for me with softer edges and slighter transitions. I find the subjects in a variety of ways; some are friends and family members, or people from Instagram or Reddit who have an interesting photo that I contact and ask their permission to paint. Ideally, I would paint from live models because photographs destroy a lot of the subtle skin tones. Sadly, on a budget in a small town and with a full-time job, it's not generally possible.
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