Thursday, September 19, 2013

Woman with a Large Envelope

Finished a small work.

Woman with a Large Envelope
7" x 4 1/2"     oil on linen     2013

The composition developed from a figure in a painting that I completed in 2010, On the Stairs. Below are photos of On the Stairs, with a detail first ... and three drawings.

On the Stairs, detail
approx. 17" x 14"     

On the Stairs
54" x 60"     oil on linen     2013
Private Collection, Texas

left: sketch of figure, #1 
cut-out, approx. 7" x 4"     pencil on paper      2010
right: sketch of figure, #2
cut-out, approx. 5" x 3 1/2"     pencil on paper     2010

Woman with a Large Envelope, drawing #4
7" x 4 1/2"     pencil on paper with pastel on reverse     2013


  1. I love her pose and look, Andrew -- the way she is looking at the viewer over her shoulder. I know she is holding an envelope, but to me, it's as if she was interrupted as she was reading a letter and she turns to look at the person who spoke to her. I love the colors and of course her red hair!

  2. She could be a deer standing still as silence in the long grass at dawn; her eyes hold us defiantly in her clear gaze. She seems almost indifferent to our presence here.
    She protects the letter, clutching it in self defense, its purpose hidden. An invitation, perhaps, (received or being sent?) to lay her lips against the heart of him?

  3. Love the flow of the line and the flattening softness in the composition. S.D.



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