Life drawing 06.07.16. G next to the starless flag. Plus Skull.

This painting reflected the mood of the class on the outcome of the European vote.
Hence the title.

The simple stance and the wealth of surrounding detail added to the strong colours made for a decorative painting. This week’s theme was the relationship between yellows and purples. I’m scared of using yellow, so this was a roll up your sleeves and dive in session.

It was agreed that the model G has the presence and hair of a Botticelli.
The light suddenly changed with about ten minutes to go, modelling the forms in a dramatic fashion, bringing the pose to life, Pygmalion style.
Acrylics on prepared paper (gesso mixed with light blue). Size 100 x 70cm.
2 hours in the studio, plus an hour at home with some pencils.

G and the starless flag

A detail of the above, showing the texture of the gesso.

G detail

I’ve been looking at vintage art books recently, thinking what is lost and gained by taking the colour out of a reproduction. It can make an image more cohesive but takes some joy and balance out.

G and the starless flag bw

Mr Skellington from below. This has been worked on since this photograph with white gesso, making it more ghostly.

Mr Skellington from below 060716

About Trevor Mill

This is my work. Art & Design. The fruits of my labour. Commissions / projects welcome.
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