Making of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Painting
Jackie Kennedy was the epitome of style and grace. A strong and smart first lady who spoke 5 languages and was an accomplished equestrian. Before marrying Jack Kennedy she was a photographer and journalist. Though seemingly shy and timid, recent taped recordings of her would reveal that she was a feisty powerhouse of a woman who spoke her mind
I had fun painting Jackie. It all started because one of my friends on facebook saw last weeks John Lennon painting. She commented that she would like a Jackie painting. I immediately thought – ahhh, with the signature pillbox hat! But no, she liked her with longer hair, the Jackie of the Camelot era. I played around with the colors a bit because I wanted something bright and effervescent – kind of like I imagined her spirit to be…
Unlike most artists that make these type of portraits, I don’t spray or airbrush them. I really enjoy the sketching / painting process and I’m just too lazy to cut out the masks (frisket)
I never really approached this like a typical commission either, because I wasn’t sure that my friend was really serious and I wasn’t sure how Jackie would turn out. As it happens, she was fun to do probably because I always admired her brave face and indomitable spirit in the face of adversity.
Measures: 24″ x 18″ x .75″ (61 x 46 cm)