Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Three Women Taking Shape
I'm moving along with this one, but it lacks character--too much like the photo. Might do it again sans preliminary drawing and larger--in acrylics--just respond. Eleven by fourteen is small and inhibiting. The size prohibits the gestural style I favor--and so does the medium at this early stage of the learning process. I have a three foot by five foot canvas, I've been aching to use. The size suits this subject. It has occurred to me to put my face on the seated figure and my granddaughters' on the two girls--at least loose resemblances. Before going back to my comfort zone though, I'll finish this one up. I'm anxious to see how the rubber cement I used as a blocker worked. --That's the first animal I've ever painted. A lot of firsts here.
Analyzing the painting briefly, I notice that it has the same composition as every other painting I've made: the picture plane is divided by a cross with a focal point where the lines/forms intersect. The dog is where the blue "line" is intersected by the pink and further underlined by the seated woman's crossed leg. The brown of the girls' hair and soon the dog's eyes and nose adds further emphasis. This is probably what attracted me to the photo in the first place. My muse has never strayed from this pattern--or from the square form--as hard as I've tried. Should I look at that mandala again? I don't have to; there were no surprises there.
MY WINTERED HIBISCUS GAVE US ITS FIRST FLOWER FOR OUR 51st ANNIVERSARY. COOL.
And is that another bud on my All Holidays blooming cactus? I do believe it is. The plant hasn't stopped blooming since I brought it in the end of last summer. Amazing.