The second of my monkey paintings is finished:
Two Woman with a Monkey
18" x 20", oil on linen, 2017-2018
There are four significant changes between the painting and the final drawing: the monkey's position, the structure of the porch, the right arm of the blonde woman, and the addition of two more oranges.
Two Women with a Monkey (drawing #2, final)
18" x 20", pencil on paper with pastel tone on reverse, 2017
The first orange - the one being offered to the monkey - provided a bright warm note in a composition that I planned to fill with cool greens and blues as well as greys and blacks. However, as the painting progressed, I had the idea to add two more oranges which proved fortuitous, creating a subtle circular movement with more energy and interest.
|detail, ca. 13" x 8"|
There are two more drawings related to this painting: the initial sketch and a monkey study for the new position on the table.
Two Women with a Monkey (drawing #1)
6 1/2" x 7 3/4", pencil on graph paper, 2017
Two Women with a Monkey (monkey study)
8 1/2" x 12 1/2", pencil on paper with pastel tone on reverse, 2017
This concludes my monkey paintings for now, though I have a couple other drawings with potential, including one with a lot of monkeys. Will see.
Lots of Monkeys
7" x 8", pencil on graph paper, 2017