I’ve done this little study for the background of my current large painting. I don’t want to be experimenting on it. I’m unsure if it works for me – I’ll have to think on it a while.
Hands are so expressive, and so, I must get all those little shadows just right.
Apologies for the terrible photo.
Attempt No.2 to get the eyes just right. It’s a really subtle and complicated expression. I want to show how he is at once vulnerable, scared, and ready to enter into a sexual encounter with the viewer. Plus, the eyes have to follow you no matter where you move in the room. I think this will work.
I’m really torn as to how to paint this painting of the female gaze. My primary goal is to present a figure that is sexualized, however, he retains his subjectivity; that is, we recognize him as a subject with thoughts and feelings. He is not merely an object for our titillation. I want him to be ‘naked’ and not ‘nude.’ The first image of the figure floating in space will be more like the original Pedro Americo painting ‘The Night’ that I am basing the image on, but it also puts the image in the realm of fantasy/objectifying the subject. I want to complicate the relationship the viewer has with the subject, so perhaps the second version would be better? Or maybe something else between the two? I want to have the most impactful image, and that includes lighting, cropping, realism vs painterliness, etc. I’m taking so much into account right now and having a hard time determining what will work best and get my point across.
I’m about to start a big painting and I want the skin to appear to be in the moonlight, so I’ve done this colour study to see if a different technique will work. On a burnt umber imprimatura (coloured ground) I’ve done a grisaille, which you can still see in the face. Then I worked in skin colour and hair on top of that. I don’t like it. This ain’t gonna work. Good thing I did a colour study first before digging into the final painting!
From tonight’s session
I have just a few details and touch-ups but it’s so so so close to being done! Finally.
What a difference the final glaze of skin colour makes!