Monday, April 28, 2008

Going through stages

Remember that picture I showed you a couple of days ago? Just colour slapped onto the canvas. Here is a slightly later phase. I've
spread the colour out across the canvas evenly, drawn an
outline while the model posed, and begun to apply colour.

I don't always start the same way. In this painting I began with
highlights, then wanted to get the feel of the dress, so I started
to rough in some of the darks. The painting and its partner (I believe that's called a diptych) were submitted to the Don Valley Art Club spring show today.

The completed figure stands in a fantasy "Don Valley" which
looks lush and green and like something Charles Sauriol from
the Bring Back the Don group would have been proud of.
Sauriol died in 1995, so I'm glad that I had a chance to meet him
and write about him before he died. There are lots of birds singing in the trees and ducks floating on the part of the river I photographed for the paintings (2). But Sauriol would have been
sad to see the shopping carts and debris people had pitched
into the Don.

Have a restorative evening

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