29 August 2007


Winsor & Newton CP, 300 gsm. 3 hours.

i abandoned this painting because i did not know how to make any more headway with it. it is like a puzzle i cannot solve.

the magenta/turquoise contrast puts a weird weight on the illuminant, and i overdarkened the shadow tones as a result. the hair needs to be muted, but i didn't make the effort because, well, look at what would be left.

there are three reasons to abandon a painting: you don't know how to move ahead, you don't know how to fix what is wrong, or it is obviously bad and obviously irreparable.

i have been doing some great figure nude paintings from stefanie, and these will appear in later posts.

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