At the moment I am struggling over bigger versions of the acrylics I showed earlier: Dancing Away the Blues and Music in the Making, so I have little to show. Today I went to the life session and did this in pastels. The model folded her leg underneath her and clasped her foot in her hands. It proved a difficult pose to hold and there were many cuts for her to regain the circulation in her leg. Then the fire alarm to the building to the sounded and we had to evacuate. So the three hour session was severely truncated, even after the half hour tea break.
It was a sunny spring evening in Ambleside near Lake Windermere in the English Lake District. I was facing into the evening sun and I painted undisturbed for about an hour. I have done two paintings subsequently, this being the second. I thought I could do with a break from the acrylics, I have been dong recently.
Just playing around with square brushes and some collage. The collage hasn’t worked very well, but I am pleased with the square brushes which bring a dynamic quality to the work. I put some undercoat on an old watercolour painting. It had a blue hue and I worked with a restricted pallet.
I wanted to create a series of paintings following the earlier image I posted on March 3rd – Dancing Away the Blues. This is the second in the series. I think this one is getting to a stage I am comfortable with. There are a couple of earlier tries below. The first one had a rather cumbersome grouping. I felt the players could be grouped better. On the second I got a better grouping but found the painting too pedantic and a little heavy. I also felt I had lost the pleasing ambiguity of Dancing Away the Blues. I had started to put more and more detail in and felt I had overdone it. Even on the painting above there is some more detail, but I have been able to stem my nit picking. There will be a few more changes when I do the final edition, but I think I’m getting there.
A change of pace and medium. I get given small trunks of trees and the sizes rather restrict the possibilities, but I was pleased with the outcome of this one. Carving through the outer wood and into the heartwood gives some interesting tonal changes. The strip of wood has the feeling of fabric in freefall.
Still plugging away at these. I thought that a wet night might give me some interesting reflections, but you can only try. The idea seemed good at the point of inception, then comes the cold light of completion.
Just playing around in a life drawing group, applying the paint fairly roughly at the base and getting tighter as I moved up, but even the face is rougher than I would normally do, yet I like the ruggedness of it. It might be something I could develop further.
Other figurative work is on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com