One more from the easton event. I had been painting boats for 5 days and needed a break from that. I think I have ADD, hey look, a squirrel. Anyway, one of the many things they do well for this event is feed the starving artists, it’s like a community service, and mid-week they had lunch at a recently built period style mansion. It was a good looking place and since it was uberhot out I thought I’d look for an interior to paint. I looked at the house from every angle, found this little reading room and noticed that in the adjoining room there was a woman reading, she worked there so I figured she had nowhere to go anytime soon and asked her to sit for me. She was a champ and didn’t budge for an hour and a half…. she didn’t even turn the page.
I’m not a specialist in painting the figure but it’s just like painting anything else, get the drawing right and the values right and the rest falls into place. Once I got the composition set, I focused on getting her down in case she had to get up or go back to work for any reason. When I finished with painting her I had the rest of the late afternoon to finish the room around her. I really liked the relationship between her and the painting of the african american woman on the wall. One thing that threw me a little was a very dim warm light over my palette that influenced the way I saw the colors I mixed. A warm light can skew the perception of color, it makes warm colors look less warm and so I overcompensated with the oranges and yellows painting them too saturated. But the following day when it was dry I had the chance to go in a correct that and adjust the values of the shadows to make the light stand out a bit more. I thought this might be a piece that would stand out as most everyone else was painting exterior landscapes without people. I even thought someone might buy it for that reason but it’s coming back. One thing I’m not sure of with this one is that it feels a little sterile… maybe I’ll give it another pass once it returns to the studio. There’s also one other thing I did that bugs the poo out of me but it would be tough to fix, I’ll be interested to see if anyone picks up on what it is…. if no one gets it, I’ll tell you.
And the answer to the riddle is…. okay it’s not going to seem like a big deal but once I saw it it’s all i could see. there’s a rule or a guideline that says that no two shapes or spaces should be equal and the painting in the upper left hand corner is placed equidistant from the top and from the side. and the two equal spaces make me crazy. I can move the painting in photoshop but to repaint it would be a pain. I’ve moved the picture in photoshop just enough to throw off the equal spaces, it’s subtle but the subtle stuff is what makes the difference.