scottie, day 2 / by Philip Tarlow

1:26 PM: i continued work on the small (11 3/4 x 8 1/2”) gouache on paper portrait of scottie. BELOW you see yesterdays version on the left; todays on the right. the abrupt transitions fomr light to dark, difficult to navigate with gouache colors, have softened. the whites in his beard have darkened so that they no longer pop. many changes have occured, and it now reads as a finished portrait. his deep and complex personality and his extraordinary/ordinary abilities as a healer are evident, at least to me. he worked on both mikela and i when we were in edwards for the TEDX youth event in vail. we both had the same experience. no ego. no “i’m gonna heal you.” in all the work we’ve had over the years, and we’ve had a lot, especially during the years we were leading personal growth seminars around the world, scottie stands out. no, jumps out as the real deal. i haven’t done a portrait in gouache in a long time, and this has whet my appetite for a series of images based on the olympics that i plan on doing soon.