Abbreviated Portrait No. Seven: DLLY PRTN
Poteet on Dolly:
Dolly’s physical attributes are the first things I see in my mind…I believe she wants you to see her that way. I don’t know how one could see her any other way. I think the pink color is actually more important in the painting than the two triangles in terms of her essence. Everyone I asked saw a light pink color (as I did). I added the glitter affect because I remember Dolly from the 60’s…to me she was always rhinestones and glitter.
The reason I added the lace design is because I see her as being very feminine. I saw the imprint of lace in my mind.
I did several different paintings initially, but they didn’t hit me as what I was actually seeing. Initially, I painted triangles with sharp edges, but that didn’t work. Rounding off the corners seemed right. I don’t see her as having any sharp edges.
Why I chose Dolly: I have not created a list to work from. Certain people come to my mind. I have always been a fan of Dolly’s anyway and thought this would be a fun one to do.
Poteet added with a sly grin, “You COULD say that an idea comes to me and then I ‘massage’ it…” then he added “twice.” His wife Terry said, “YES! He had WAY too much fun painting THIS one.” Interesting that men recognize this painting as Dolly Parton very quickly, like women recognize Paul Newman’s portrait.
Both Dolly and Cher are closer to my age and I have seen both of them many times since the 60’s. I have many memories of them, unlike Marilyn, who I can actually identify as a single memory in my mind. With technology, there are many more images of Dolly and Cher available and I do have more of those in my memory.