I developed this painting in order to make a submission to an open showing in Denton’s Fiesta on the square. The submissions must show an aspect of Latin American culture or be festive.
I believe this Iguana is both.
The title I(m)guanna sounds like “I’m gonna”. In my case it says “I’m gonna Thrive”. Iguanas can survive in extreme heat. It is a personal attempt to make a statement that I’m going to thrive and do well when the heat and pressure of being a successful artist is increased.
This painting was done for my Aunt who adores Italy. One thing I loved about the area is that the houses are colorful. So I took that and really saturated the colors. It is almost fantasy like the way it feels.
I have been working on my portrait work at the time using primarily pencils for portraits. Most of my acrylic painting was used in other “non-portrait” projects (landscapes etc.). I felt that I did a good job with what I had. I used mainly my primary colors and raw sienna. It was a successful translation.
The difficulty of acrylic in photorealistic portrait work is the blending due to drying time. I have since learned that there are additives that can help to slow down the drying time. I was able to utilize the drying time to my advantage by adding layers which helped to produce some of the debth and color I wanted.