|"behold! the mule man cometh" (17"X15")|
i also started a painting using an image that was shot at the modeling session with "anna". i have photos of pretty much all the stages in about 30-45 minute increments of work. i think most of the steps are self-explanatory to those following this blog and i have described how i go about getting myself in the trouble i often do many, many times…..just you can avoid them! old habits die hard.
i started this painting with the idea that i wanted to use different colors in the background than i usually do (away from the dark grey/black/blue) and a little warmer. i also wanted another of my challenging compositions and depicting the figure in unusual light as if she were illuminated by a spot light low and in front of her. other than that, it was free-wheeling all the way. i will just post the sequential photos. if anyone has any questions, please post them in comments and i will get back to you posthaste.
|drawing…darkened over real life so details show|
|initial wash of manganese blue, vermillion, raw sienna|
|starting to model her features (same colors)|
|ditto…adding burnt sienna and ultramarine blue for derby|
|letters lifted and then painted with vermillion|
|"just a girl and her bowler" (12"X22")|
darks balanced and shirt shadows cerulean blue, carmine, raw sienna
so there we are. there is a lot that i like about this…unusual composition that i think, arguably, works, the unique background colors for me, the multi-colored shadows on the wall, and the lighting. i enjoyed doing the letters but i am still in a bit of flux whether just a dark shape would have sufficed. well, as i am heard to say on occasion……it ain't horrible.