The Portrait That Inspired a Winning Abstract Painting

In the September 2011 issue of The Artist’s Magazine, we celebrate Diane Schmidt‘s painting, At Loose Ends, which was a finalist in our 27th Annual Art Competition.

At Loose Ends (watercolor and gouache on paper, 30x22) by Diane Schmidt

“My realistic paintings of the figure influence my abstract works, which are based on ideas I have about people,” said Schmidt. “One of my portraits, entitled Matt, a Multifaceted Man (below), inspired At Loose Ends (above). I used the same colors and general design format. A bit of unraveling that’s present in the portrait became one of the ideas for the looping line work in this piece.”

Matt, a Multifaceted Man by Diane Schmidt

Read more about this Competition Spotlight in the September 2011 issue of The Artist’s Magazine. And, see the feature article on Schmidt’s work in the April 2006 issue, available in the 2006 Annual CD.

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