I’m still so excited to be participating in this in March. I want my work to be in museum collections; exhibiting in museums is a good start!
WIP: The Allegory of Painting
Three me’s in one painting
Today’s painting experiment: I’ve been looking at Van Dyck’s studies and I just love how he uses so little paint, so I’ve applied as little as possible here on a burnt umber ground. I left the ground untouched in many places, like the side of the face that’s in shadow and in the hair.
Original versions of the handmade Christmas cards I made ages ago when I lived in Japan.
You can see the build-up while working through the leg.
I’ve had this in mind for months now. It’s the Allegory of Painting. Cesare Ripa was a Renaissance iconographer who wrote about how the allegory of painting must be a woman with unruly hair in a colourful dress and a necklace with a mask pendant, and she must be gagged to show that painting is silent poetry. My gag is a bra.
I’ve nearly finished this 30 x 30″ commissioned portrait. I’m not too happy with the girl’s hoodie – I want the colours to really pop out and I’m starting to wish that I had not done a grisaille and coloured glazes over top. It’s easy to paint this way but I now see that I should have laid in the colours with the black and then put the white highlights on last. As it is, the problem is that there is white mixed in to the mid-tone. I’m going to try and add another glaze tomorrow and my hope is that it will brighten up that mid-tone grey and create some deeper shadows.