I had to show you the finished work that I wrote about last week. The next day I went into the studio and almost right away I knew what I wanted to do. I was nervous, uncertain if the painting would be improved. But better to take a chance.
On Facebook a friend said that he found the earlier version (below) too cold. He has yet to see the final painting. I thought that was interesting. I wonder if it had to do with the fact that the model is part of his extended family, and he was thinking of it as a portrait. It isn’t a portrait. People carry certain energies, and that is what attracts me to using them as a model. But the painting isn’t intended to be a portrait of the model.
Later I received an email from my step-daughter who had this to say about my friend’s comment: ”
In my studio, once I knew where I wanted to go and started washing on the red paint, I was pleased. It looked quite different than I had imagined. Better. Now I need to sign her and come up with a title (the zomosborne is a watermark, it isn’t actually on the painting). Then I will go and get her framed.
Earlier in the week my plans in the studio went on hold when my husband brought something home from his walk. No, not flowers. A beautiful Noisy Pitta that had been hit by a car. Sad, but a wonderful opportunity to draw from life. A quick study in my journal.
Drawing is such an opportunity to connect with what you are drawing. Do we look at anything for an hour, two hours? Afterwards I buried her in a plastic flower pot in the garden. I am hoping in several months to be able to find her bones. I would love to do some bird skeleton studies.
Just thought I would plop in this cutie . I have been seeing him in the morning, along with quite a few of his friends.