Looking left No.1. Acrylic, chalk and pencil on paper. I think it was 25 minutes, plus some more on the skull of the now famous Mr. Skellington. Sitting poses need some dynamism. The chalk was added on the background to make it recede. The skull was left on the floor over the break, so I had an extra 10 minutes with it, hence the detail.
Details of the above, showing the shaky mark making.
Looking Left no.2. Acrylic and conté pastel on paper. An hour in the Mary Ward Centre, then 20 minutes at home. The background was rather loud before the watered-down Farrow and Ball mixture was liberally added to calm the whole thing down. The shadows were added – there wasn’t many shadows in the real scene.
Some details of the above. A smaller painting of the model and two warm up poses which are very gestural. Interesting that I haven’t kept the skin tone palette between any other works made one after the other. Do I always see afresh? It would save time to use the same colours…
Remembering. Acrylic, oil washes, pencil and pastel on paper. Still trying to make the experience of the viewer more tangible. Some experiments in texture and mixed media. Heavily worked on at home, hence the title. Been looking at Michelangelo sculpture get the feeling of form in space. Not 100% happy with the work, the foot is good. There’s a movement to the marks, a shimmer which helps the liveliness.
Time & notation. Acrylics, pastels and pencils on paper. 1 hour. 30 minutes at home. The model changed the pose slightly ever 15 minutes. So it was concentrate and see what was on the paper at the end of the time.
Some details of the above.
Darkness. Acrylic and white pencil on paper. Seeing as it’s nearing Halloween and I wasn’t feeling too well…
Sitting around the Stars. Acrylic and glitter on paper. Working from ideas based on music I’ve been listening to. This week it’s Metal Box by Public Image Limited.
There is something about the having a murky yet metalic backing with characters looming out with a lack of consideration for normal considerations of beauty. The finish is not sloppy, more like intuative, with unimportant parts missing. The glitter helps flatten the work, is pretty and knowinglingly cheap, but looks as good as diamond dust would.