Stormy Weather. Ink, acrylic, pencil, oil pastel, compressed charcoal and thinned oil paint on paper. 90 x 70 cm.
This started off at home with some ink I had out and didn’t want to waste. This ink was splatted over the paper with some water and moved about. Then the life drawing session happened, followed at home by the trees, the sky and the rest of the background. An oil wash was put over the figure to make her less like alabaster. The life model has such a strong look there isn’t much need of a story to add. The weather has been changeable and I though of her looking out on the start of a storm. That blue skies and heavy rain time.
There’s some interesting experiments going on with bands of colour and line, multiple colours of similar shade but different medium in the red material. The different sorts of marks being made are consciously done than before.
Dancing at night in Tivoli. Acrylic, pencil, compressed charcoal, and oil pastel on paper. 90 x 70 cm.
The purple wand black stripes were again put down on the paper for no great reason, something to work against or with.
The model looked liked she was dancing. I added the mysterious orb in her hand as I’d been reading about Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi.
I was going to use some old sketches of the majestic Tivoli on the Stormy weather painting but just happened to start on this one. The strong purple, greens and greys mean that the work was always going to look strange, so I went with it, adding a Van Gogh manic swirling sky. Pleasingly odd.