I had so many challenges in the past year, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to keep working on paintings bigger than 8×10″, but I still wanted to work on the Look Closer: Disability and Sensuality series, which I wanted to be on 20×24″ canvas.
I also wanted to borrow compositions from famous paintings but use people with disabilities in them. I decided to try to work on a piece inspired by Gustav Klimt’s famous The Kiss.
Of course, I could never match Klimt’s work but it’s such a well known piece, that I thought I could use the composition as a statement on the passion all people feel, no matter their physical state. Klimt used gold leafing, but I stuck to gold and yellow paint.
I worked on layering, color blending, and small repetitive brush strokes so I would not get overwhelmed by the size of the canvas (which is really not that large) or my own insecurities about painting. It took over a month and my painting went through many changes, but after about 2 months I’ve finished it.
I chose to keep the figures and wheelchair simple, and let the emotion of all the bright colors carry the painting.
What do you think?
Here are the other pieces in the Look Closer series.
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