Woman with a Cellphone
7 1/4" x 7 1/2" oil on linen 2015
This new painting is a study in blues and greens, enlivened by the warm skin tones and blonde hair. I've also returned to a narrative theme I've used a number of times: people with phones.
The phone first appeared in my work in 1969:
7" x 9" oil on linen 1968
Private Collection, Massachusetts
Aside from their narrative interest, objects like phones, cigarettes, playing cards - and newspapers - create interesting hand gestures that can help direct the flow of the viewer's attention through the composition.
8" x 11 1/2" oil on linen 1982
Private Collection, New York
Woman with a Cellphone took three drawings to work out:
5 3/4" x 5 1/4" pencil on graph paper 2015
7 3/4" x 7" pencil on graph paper 2015
drawing # 3
7 1/4" x 6 1/2" pencil on graph paper w/ pastel tone on reverse 2015
When the painting was on the easel, I decided her legs needed more room and added an inch to the width on the left. In addition to improving the legs, the change allowed me to put a doorway in the background, opening into another room. The dark blue vertical balances the diagonal movement of the chair.