Working on a painting coming out of the life drawing session. Several passes after putting down the underpainting with the model in the room. Evaluation and learning
- I didn’t measure or grid up. As a result, things moved around even in the first stages. Altering my position meant that sightlines got messed up. NOW isn’t this a good thing in some ways? Yes for an more imaginative and conceptual engagement but not so much with getting a likeness.
- Learning: get the observation done and then take a leap of imaginative flight…not the other way around.
- I found I kept going back and re painting rather than taking a structured approach to putting the paint on.
- Decide before starting IF this is impressionist/alla prima or blended rennaissance style (not falling between the two).
- Simplify to get planes working more structurally – a lesson learned after looking at Velasquez (who painted pretty much alla prima)
- Float the paint on the layers to get the planes of the face coming forward.
One pass additional planned for this painting. Turning to the thematic of folk horror more fully, addition ‘props’ required. A black egg either in 3D or on the page of the book she is reading and perhaps a vista to an imaginary landscape with the aim of creating an othered ‘off-space’. TBC.