and this is oil paint on gessoed watercolor paper, image area is approximately 16×20 inches.
She was a wonderful model. A pleasure to paint.
. . . back to the drawing board
This is another baltic birch plywood panel – acrylic gesso – approx. 12 inches square. This pose is lasting over 5 weeks – my goal – is 5 paintings in 5 weeks – working on being more decisive in the process the better to paint plein air – Its almost time for me to venture out – sunny and in the 50s tomorrow.
There will be 5 sessions of this pose to complete the class. I’ve decided to experiment again with different groupings of a limited palette and paint a new painting each class – getting ready for the decisive painting of Plein Air. I’ll replace this photo next week – the phone camera was on the smallest setting – whoops – and to get it up to 4 inches across is just too much Photoshop for my purposes here. The painting is on Baltic Birch plywood with Dick Blick professional artist gesso (acrylic) and it’s little, measuring 10×8 inches. The paints used are Gamblin’s Phthalo Blue, Quinacridone Magenta, Perylene and Indian Yellow with Radiant White. All strong transparent colors that, as classmate Dave observed, “Play well together.”
(edited on 4.04 – here’s a better shot – and it will enlarge)
The experiment, with the different limited palettes, gave me the opportunity to learn about different pigments, but was not successful in that I didn’t really explore what those colors as semi transparent might be able to do . . . thoughts for the next work. The dramatic sweeping streak of light happened on the 2nd day of the pose at 11:15am – never to be seen so high or broadly across the canvas again.
I am feeling that I was overly ambitious in terms of scale, for the available time. While finished can be defined in multiple ways when it comes to painting, these will be finished and forgotten next Saturday.