Last year, I was distracted around the time Bowie passed away and it didn't sink in. This year, I've been working on trying to paint his face and want to get to a point where I can freehand it from different angles. It feels impossible but certainly a positive challenge. I've read about him, watched interviews, watched some of his films which isn't easy since he's suffering or dying in them. I think it's important to feel for a subject, whether outward or in, in order to bring something genuinely expressive to art.
He seemed to not have spared any expense of time and effort at making the most of his potential at his own pace, intuition, direction and that's what is beautiful to me. He wasn't wasteful with his life.