I can’t say I am a fan, since I have only watched two episodes, but I felt some sympathy for June Shannon, Honey Boo Boo’s mom. And I found her face interesting, and wanted to paint her portrait. The size of her chin(s) reminded me of Anna Swan, the Giantess of P.T. Barnum’s show, whose portrait I would like to paint next.
What must it have felt like to be put on display at such a young age? ‘Used’ is the first word that comes to mind. But I wonder also about what the viewer felt, and feels when seeing a person on display for their amusement. Each time I paint Annie Jones, I think of Manet’s images of Spanish-themed portraits. So this painting has in it some of the colors that I think Manet might have used, as well as the flattening of volume. This is Annie Jones up close: