London Vale & Deborah Baron
I am happy I stumbled across the I Art You project and was able to connect with Deborah through it. Thank you for thinking of this and pairing us for this project! It seems she and I share some similar sentiments throughout our individual journeys and it's nice to be able to encourage each other at this point in our paths.
I was inspired by Deborah's quilting on her website, and wanted to incorporate it into her portrait somehow. She shared with me the perfect photo, of her standing next to the subway while it zoomed by, blurring the background and blowing the wind through her hair as it passed. It provided the perfect opportunity to sneak in the color and pattern from one of my favorite pieces of hers -- Aurora Borealis -- in which she painted streaks of yellow and gradients of blue. While creating the portrait, I was sending thoughts of success to Deborah and wanted to show her looking off into the bright future of her art.
Portrait of Deborah Baron By London Vale
I Art You has been a fabulous experience for me. I heard about it through a friend and was eager to participate. As a stay at home mom for the last 10 years, I have been pretty limited to the outside world, especially with other artists. I was excited about the opportunity to connect and collaborate with other artists. Creating a portrait was an excellent challenge for me as I have had very little experience with portraits. I also love the "accountability" aspect of the collaboration. I had to paint four different portraits before I was happy with my painting!!! If I didn't have other artists to be "accountable" to, I feel like I would have given up and never pushed through the feelings of self-doubt. Not walking away from the work, but walking through the struggle to the other side, helped me to grow as an artist. It has been an incredibly rewarding journey on so many levels!!
London has broad artistic interests and abilities: in acting, oil painting, fashion illustration and letterpress. London has been passionate about art since a child and one of the things I find inspiring about London is her tenacity and courage to pursue what she has been passionate about regardless of obstacles or approval.
London is a beautiful woman and I had a lot of great material to work with. The muted colors, beautiful braids, and a quiet pose of one particular image of her immediately struck me as something that could be from bygone century. I was inspired to create a portrait that captured the peaceful and pensive pose from this image and combine it with a modern ethereal quality that would reflect the London’s inner light and passionate nature. I am so happy with where the painted resolved!