"Holly" Acrylic on canvas. 20 x 30 inches. Painted 2008 by Matt Cauley

The Big Heads portrait series focuses on capturing a moment in time for any particular subject. As I work with the model, I want them to feel as if they are in mid-conversation with me, but have become momentarily distracted by something *just* out of the corner of their eye. The more their focus shifts to some random spot on the wall, the more their imagination then takes over. A relaxed concentration takes over, and their face conveys an appearance of daydream wonder. It is this moment I try to capture on canvas.

The settings are sparse, with the face conveying the bulk of the story. In the end, I hope the viewer brings their own interpretation to each painting, creating a new and unique story each time the work is viewed.

Holly was a model I had worked with at the School of Visual Arts while taking John Parks’ Portraiture class. Very kind and sweet, I was amazed she was able to keep her hand in that position for such an extended period of time. My own arm was cramping up just watching her.

Holly
Acrylic on canvas,
20 x 30 inches,
Painted 2008 by Matt Cauley

"Holly (Underpainting)" Acrylic on canvas. 20 x 30 inches. Painted 2008 by Matt Cauley

Holly (Underpainting)


2 Responses to “Holly”

  1. David Tinnon says:

    Great combination of palette, pose and composition. The balance of negative shapes almost takes over. (I’ve spent hours lately, looking at portrait examples online, searching for standouts, and this piece is definitely a stand out!)

    • Thanks, David! I appreciate it! I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about this one at first, but it’s definitely grown on me over the years.

      Thanks again! I’ll be adding more paintings soon…

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