By creating the frame on the canvas but not painting the full figure into the frame the form becomes not fully confined, a woman is not defined by her physical appearance so I have been deliberately framing my images in respect of this. I dislike creating a boundary for the female in my work, positioning her fully within the canvas, as it traps her onto the canvas. The white square contrasts against the curves of the female giving it an aesthetically pleasing arrangement and frame but also highlighting the difference between a man made frame and the organic shape of the figure.
Instantly recognised that the figure was not the correct composition for this painting.
the embossing drawing that I was going to work from.
The composition that I was originally going to paint
The figure that I decided to work from.
my colour palette for this painting is acrylic cobalt blue, white and ultra marine blue for depth.
and the week is only half finished so this week will continue to be updated
The proportion of the head to the body was incorrect so I have enlarged it but I am struggling to get it correct.
I am wanting the head turned into the shoulder to give her a look of shyness. The curve of the spine was too low so I positioned it higher and flattened out the back and increased the size of the breast.
The arm is just suggested line as anything more and it will be a distraction from the form.
Having the head shortened to bring the face further into the shoulder works better. The line of the arm directs the viewers eye directly up to eye of the lady
The hair of the lady needs texture but adding too much will be distracting and too little will look flat. I solved this by adding in contrast then obliterating it with another layer of red paint which simplified it.
I finished the week by planning and building a canvas for another painting of the same size and style but in blue as a direct contrast to the warm red.
After concentrating heavily on mono printing and the female form I decided to have a very in-depth think about what I am doing and why.
Within my practise I have become aware of the constant re-occurrence of line and geometric shapes. I am drawn to the beautiful aesthetic of the female form which to me is the symbol of life (another common repeating theme within my work.)
Currently I am very drawn to the contrast between a square and a circle.
I am attempting to recreate a print, that I created last week, onto canvas.
I have built a canvas that is 4ft x 4ft out of pine with a double cross bar in the centre. my chosen palette of colour is acrylic crimson red, cadium red, cobalt blue to add shade and black and white for definition
The red square on white of the print worked very well in the print.
Having the background the same colour as the body helps create a lack of definition for the female from the background.
Having the solid colour as a background and then working into it also saves time blocking in areas at a later date and gives a fuller picture faster than starting with just line which works well with mono printing.
I have drawn the figure in so that all the lines direct the eye to the head.
I have added a solid black line around parts of the body to give the illusion of form as it adds shading
I am keeping my painting quite simple and suggestive rather than photographic as that is my chosen style, and it is not meant to be fully representational.