Hugs are sunshine for cloudy souls.
Often when I start one of my 30-minutes-or-less paintings, I look at a character in another artist’s painting as an inspiration. I use a charcoal pencil to make a blind contour drawing of that artist’s character. The characters in this & yesterday’s paintings are inspired by characters in @elketrittel’s paintings. I love Elke’s quirky characters & the playful joyfulness of her paintings.
I love this painting. I especially love pieces that have two characters hugging or two characters who are really, really close together as if they are one soul.
Physical space often indicates how close or affectionate two people are. A friend of mine noticed this when she looked at my wedding photos of me & each of my bridesmaids.
My bridesmaids were two college friends, my sister, & my cousin. If you look at the photos, my sister’s head is two inches from mine. This is also the case for my cousin. For my two college friends, my head is probably ten inches from their heads.
(I can’t post my wedding photos for you to see because I got married a long time ago, before digital cameras existed. My photos are in a shoebox in a closet.)
I love that with hugs, you are entering someone else’s physical space. For the life of that hug, it’s as if you and your friend are one soul.
This painting took me 18 minutes.