Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Woman with red hair

This piece has been unfinished for weeks. Just lacking . . . something. It was lacking a face for a start and that was a major obstacle - a face or not?
To begin my re-entry into the painting I squared up the dress and the sofa arm in pencil and painted the white dots. I tried colour on the sofa but in the end wiped it leaving only the stain, that in itself was enough.
After a number of attempts I settled on this face, making it as direct as possible.
Simplicity is the power of this painting and the muted colour is lifted by the subtle whites that work unnoticed.
It's about 60cm square and will be shown at the autumn studio show.  For now though, I think I'll hang it in the house!