Sunday, November 13, 2022

Cosmetic Advertisement, in progress

 On the easel:

Cosmetic Advertisement [in progress]
oil on linen, 24" x 24"

The initial drawing for this composition was done several years ago and floated around the studio until this past August. Why some ideas take much longer than others to coalesce has no obvious explanation but when I looked at the drawing again this summer, the time was finally right. The new drawing below was made:


Cosmetic Advertisement, drawing #2
2022, pencil on paper with red oxide pastel tone on reverse, 24" x 24"

Unlike my usual process of making numerous preparatory drawings, it was used to transfer the image to canvas. Perhaps a mistake to be so quick. The woman's face on the left, her hair and beret, were the first parts painted. After that I became uneasy with the composition. The right and left halves did not integrate. After several days of contemplation, it became evident that a second woman, overlapping the advertisement was needed. She unites the halves and creates a better visual flow.


Cosmetic Advertisement, drawing #4
2022, pencil on paper with red oxide pastel tone partially on reverse, 8" x 12 1/2"

Cosmetic Advertisement [detail, in progress]
oil on linen, approx. 11" x 12"

As the painting developed, two more faces - also advertisements - were added in the far background.


Cosmetic Advertisement [detail, in progress]
oil on linen, approx. 12" x 24"



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