Thursday, July 15, 2010
This piece was quite a journey in the making. There are so many different "pieces" of it where there's light then shadow, so painting it was sort of like putting together pieces of a puzzle. The light hits each one differently, so the trick for me was to make each part luminous then to make them all fit together in a unified way. I thought I was done at one point, then let it sit for quite a while before going back into it and re-working it, making it richer and more successful.
That said, I really love the image. The model for it was having a great time modeling, but we weren't getting any particularly terrific shots when we decided to try a prop. The chair seemed like a good option. It was perfect! Immediately we knew we'd found the key. The picture on the right was one of the first ones I took. I love the curve of the shadow on her back and the lusciousness of her curves and the way the light caresses them.
The top picture I like because of her presence. She is such a powerful woman, bold, secure in herself, and I think that comes through clearly in this image. I'm curious to hear what the juror has to say about it and what appealed to him/her about it.
Hope to see y'all there!