Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Working on a new piece
Valley had been nervous about our session and had written about it before coming over. Her thoughts, feelings, and writings will become part of the exhibition. We may encorporate them into a book, or into posters to display along with the paintings. That part of the exhibit is still in flux.
With other models, I'm aware that my focus is on finding the most compelling, interesting piece. If their face isn't involved then I don't worry about whether the image is conventionally beautiful because no one will associate it with the person herself. I think the images do tend to be beautiful because that is part of what makes them compelling to me, but my process at arriving at those choices has been different.
This new piece shows Valley sitting in my red chair with a book beside her. Her face is tilted up and she is looking at some far away place. Her toes are on the floor, pushing away from it. She looks very young. Chris finds it archetypal.
Today I worked on painting the chair. I'm getting the background finished in before I start on the figure so I can play off the colors in the chair and on the wall within the figure. I love painting that red chair with its knobbly texture and contrasting lights and darks as the sunlight strikes it.