Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sophie, in progress

I've been working the last several weeks on a painting of a young woman standing against an autumnal background of red oak leaves. All has gone well so far; the figure is fully painted as well as a good number of the leaves, though there are still plenty of those left to do.

Here's a photo of the final drawing that was used to transfer the image to the canvas. 

45" x 27"   pencil on paper with pastel on the reverse  2012

The original drawing (pasted below) dates from five years ago and it's been pinned up on my drawing wall ever since. I liked the composition and have wanted to paint the image, but the viewpoint -- looking down on the woman as she lay on a blanket surrounded with fallen leaves -- was too problematic and made little sense logically. Turning the drawing so that the right side became the bottom didn't help either and actually made the situation worse. I kept looking at it, and then a couple months ago -- when I wasn't thinking about it -- the obvious solution arrived: have her in the same pose but standing, and move the leaves from the ground to a tree.

20" x 18"  pencil on paper  2007

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