Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Anne at the Window

I've finished a small painting of a woman looking out a window, parting a curtain.

Anne at the Window
5 1/4" x 3"     oil on linen     2013
                                                                         
This is the third painting on the theme that I've done in two years . All three are of specific individuals, but the situation is imagined. On the abstract level, I enjoyed using a limited color palette and developing a counterpoint between the flowing lines of the figures and the juxtaposing curves of the curtains. 

Woman at a Window
7" x 4"     oil on linen     2012
Private Collection, Massachusetts

Loretta Looking at the Sea
4 1/2" x 4 1/2"     oil on linen     2012

A fourth work with a similar composition is another recent painting, Woman with a Large Envelope (see September 19th post). She's at a door rather than at a window, but the interplay between the curving lines in the figure, archway, and envelope remains very important to the structure and flow of the composition. 

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

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