30 October 2007

siena stretching

Arches CP 300 gsm, 10" x 14".

this started out as a color study of the shadowed light and ended up being a detailed analysis of flesh tones.

i usually start paintings in clusters of 3 or 4, so that i can switch from one to the other without break. usually there is a laggard painting that falls back in the queue and takes longer to finish. this painting was the laggard.

siena complained of back pain while modeling on the bed, so i suggested she stretch.

there is a surreal quality in the angle of view, the odd pose, and the brilliant shaft of light. green is used in the shadows of the room and the figure, but does not appear as a distinct color anywhere in the painting.

2 comments:

W. K. Moore said...

A sophisticated approach to the model - rendering form in color. The darkest values in the 3 corners anchors the piece dramatically. Muscles all in their correct position without abrupt hard edges on the form shadows. POV and the diagonal emphasis on the body make for an incredible work.

Nick said...

Hey I know that bed! That's a killer piece, satisfying skintones and modeling...love the pattern of the shades too. I'm impressed!!!