I’m in the thick of painting now; beyond the predictable parts, and really thinking and dreaming in paint.
I think these portraits all talk to each other in the studio when I’m not there. I realized that I have to work them all up to similar states together, so no one feels neglected. This next step is more time consuming; so far three portraits have been developed to the point where much of the face and body are well indicated. As the image emerges, I find myself thinking about the illusion of dimension and flatness.
A variation on the formal portrait. Inspired by Holbein's "The Ambassadors", I wanted to celebrate my daughter and partner's achievements as Dive Masters.
Elizabeth de Bethune is a Yonkers-based artist, and member of the LGBTQ+ community. She makes portraits of her family and friends. "Out in Yonkers" is a project to document some of the Yonkers LGBTQ+ community in formal portraits that will preserve our images for posterity.