Thursday, October 17, 2013

Breaking Bad

I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it.
And I was really… I was alive.
– Walter White (Breaking Bad)

 portrait time...
I don't know if any of you watched Breaking Bad
but i did, and i was basically stuck to the couch
like a tongue on frozen steel for an hour. ;-)
 I don't like TV much, but my son got me hooked on this series
(yeah, it's his fault)
No regrets though... i loved it.
This winter, when the snow starts to fall,
we may just watch the whole series again on Netflix.
ok, so as you can see with this portrait,
it doesn't always look like the person in the beginning.
When i started with the red marker lines,
it looked very little like Walter White.
There is constant adjusting to be made...
to the nose, to the thickness of the mustache,
to the shadows...
it's all about SEEING more than anything...
i am no more talented than anyone else.
I probably just paint more often, that's all.
(and i don't always paint with good brushes - obviously!)
One just has to look at the rapports between
one space and another.
when i'm doing eyes
i'm not only looking at the shape of the eye,
but i'm looking at the distance between the eye and the temple,
between the eye and the nose
between the eye and the ear...
it's all about balance
and making sure it's sitting on the face
at the right place.
 adding a bit more red, orange and black.
 adding the glasses... 
 and there you  have it - Walter White.
One of my favorite quotes from the show:

Walter was in a hospital waiting room with another man who had just been diagnosed with cancer. (Walter was a chemist who had been diagnosed at 50). The other man was worried to death...

And Walt says:

"I have spent my whole life scared, frightened of things that could happen, might happen, might not happen, 50-years I spent like that. Finding myself awake at three in the morning. But you know what? Ever since my diagnosis, I sleep just fine. What I came to realize is that fear, that’s the worst of it. That’s the real enemy. So, get up, get out in the real world and you kick that bastard as hard you can right in the teeth." – Walter White 

And one of my favorite songs from the show (this series had great music!)

Weekend is almost here.... xox


  1. I love your style so much and the way you can go from whimsy to gorgeous portrait! Wonderful and inspiring!

    Hugs Giggles

  2. I am ALWAYS in awe at your amazing portraits in the music book - I'd happily sit and look through that for hours on end - true talent!!

  3. What a great post Pauline, fabulous work!!
    Whatever you say, I still say like the comment above you certainly have true talent, wonderful!

  4. Great post and excellent work. Love that quote. Thanks. Gloria

  5. Fantastic!! What a great stylized portrait. Love your colours :)

  6. I LOVE Breaking Bad, and your painting looks exactly like Walt. You nailed it!!

  7. Great portrait P! I KEEP hearing about Breaking Bad; I have no idea what that even means but if you recommend it I will defo have to check it out! I'm currently watching Castle, which I discovered via the wonder of Netflix, and LOVING it. Makes me laugh out loud. xxx

  8. I'm not even sure if the series has been shown over here (I don't own a TV), but the finale made the news so I know who the painting is.
    And I have to say it's fantastic as always. x

  9. Great portrait, very captivating! Great light!

  10. Every-time I visit here, I am more amazed at your talent :)
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  11. Fantastic portrait! My boyfriend loves Breaking Bad, although I haven't got into it myself...yet! Happy PPF :)