Beauty Is In The Eye…

Many figurative artists paint classically beautiful women or studdly young men. Others paint their families, whose faces are beloved regardless of their beauty.

And then there’s me. I seem to be attracted to fat, bald old men; wrinkled old women, and rumpled, casual musicians.

Let’s take a walk down my trail of less-than-perfectly-beautiful characters:

Cigar Guy By Joanne Taeuffer
Cigar Guy By Joanne Taeuffer

There’s Cigar Guy. You met him in the site’s header graphic. I thought he was a riot, sitting outside a classy women’s clothing boutique one sunny morning. My painting group is betting he’s waiting for his wife to finish spending all their money.

La Vieille Vendeuse
La Vieille Vendeuse

There’s La Vielle Vendeuse. I picked her from among many more attractive and younger people in a marche in a small French town in Dordogne. No, she’s not on a cell phone…just scratching her ear.

And what about the musicians I paint? Not sultry torch singers. Not glamorous on-stage shots of the rich and famous.

The Music Men
The Music Men

For instance, Music Men, part of the Healdsburg town band…
Summer Song
Summer Song

Summer Song, part of a combo playing at the Healdsburg Farmer’s Market on another morning…

Guitar Guy
Guitar Guy

And Guitar Guy, picking out a tune during a break in the action.

So there you have it. No glamour pusses in these paintings. And yet, to me each is a beauty, telling an interesting story. They are my kind of people. I hope they are yours too.

Click the “comment” hyperlink below and let me know what you think.

By Joanne

Joanne Taeuffer is an expressive painter. She lives in the Berkeley Hills and Healdsburg, CA, with her husband and their black cats, Oscar Wild and Percy.

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