Applying the looser and more expressive approach to figurative painting. This is a work in progress…although I am going to move on to another version in a different style of the same image. I like the sense of contrast adding drama. The gold ochre and gold acrylic boule lead the other colour choices making for a kind of grisaille. While this was intended as underpainting, the limited colour palette lends more drama and a sense of design.
I like the sense of melodrama and also fairy tale (mirror, mirror…) that the high contrast lends the painting. The shape in the foreground might be a little too nebulous; just a bit more form perhaps needed.
Next up, working on a) using different ratio/proportion methods (dividers, grids); needed as I moved the features of the face around a lot when painting this – rather countering the sense of an expressive approach.
Update: Have said that I’d leave it…I didn’t and while some bits are better, I lost the likeness and the strong simplicity of the face…once you move one feature then the rest go out and I ended up pushing and pulling around. So really need to find an approach to measuring that doesn’t feel too strained.
And the next pass..