Monday, January 7, 2013

Chocolate Truffle

I've been working on two paintings ... two versions of the same composition ... a woman about to eat a chocolate truffle. In the larger one (12" x 7 1/4") she's wearing a dress and in the smaller (6 1/4" x 5") she's not. The larger also includes a table with a box holding three more chocolates; I didn't think those additions were necessary in the smaller one. 

left:  12" x 7 1/4" pencil on paper with dark ochre pastel on reverse 2013
upper right: 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" ink on lined paper 2011
lower right: 6 1/4" x 5" pencil on paper with red ochre pastel on reverse 2013

The idea originally came to me a couple years ago and I made a very quick and simple sketch at the time, top right above. The sketch floated from place to place in the studio until a week ago when it resurfaced on my work table, catching my eye. After that, the final drawings came together fairly quickly.

I've often noticed that an initial idea can remain dormant like that for a year or two or more, before it's ready to become a fully worked out drawing and then perhaps a painting. I've never been able to figure out the reason for this long wait. Maybe the image needs time to flow around the subconscious.

1 comment:

  1. Yummy, yummy!

    The eye's illicit desire easing itself into her mouth. The arm curled with purpose, and nothing spoken, just the familiar/unfamiliar swallowed with pleasure.

    I'm off to buy some truffles!



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