This model was quite an inspiration, somehow I think most artists like to paint the fuller figure, the roly poly flesh really gives us something to work with and Denise was a great model. Unfortunately the weather, most particularly the lighting was not so well behaved - this was done over three weeks but with shortened sessions due to fading light and quite honestly could have been a complete repaint each week with spells of sunshine, black skies and oncoming snow affecting the setting. Anyway, despite that I really enjoyed this one, slapped the paint on with gusto and had some fun - sometimes things can get just a bit too intense and we have to remember to enjoy ourselves whilst wielding the brush. I also had a squeeze of every paint I own on the pallette which was liberating. No thinking, no analysing, no science, just responding and getting on with it for a change. I think it still hangs together OK although maybe I was a bit heavy with the ochre and purple in some of the skin shadows, I found myself painting rather bruised looking flesh. Still, tis not my job to flatter!
Thats the end of the life sessions till next year but I have some charcoals and a Parisien cafe scene painting to finish off and some acrylic inks waiting to be played with. Just need to find some time, probably need to do a spot of christmas shopping too - gulp!
18 "x 24" oil on canvas