Monday, August 1, 2011

Studio Practice

I don't often return to fiddle with paintings I have painted from life.
One of the best things about a life session is that it imposes a time restriction on you, and whatever you can do there in front of the model has a truth and honesty about it that is very apparent. Working up a picture afterwards can make it look slick and over-finished.
Sometimes though, I do make literal or mental notes to myself for bits of work that can be done later in the studio.
In this case I felt that the study of Grace was looking good, but because I had been working with a very restricted palette, the whole could do with a warm glaze or two.
So, when the study was dry I added Liquin glazes tinted with various reds, and browns. Needless to say, I fiddled about with the image, but in this case I think it served to make for a simpler, stronger image.


Amal said...

Both are splendid and the warmth the glazes create puts us in whole different mood. She's really lovely.

PJ Lynch said...

Many thanks Amal

art is jok(k)e(n) said...

Just surfed and came here and made very pleasant discovery! Very nice work. The second one has different feel than the first "unfinished" one. It is ready, The fist one give me more space to complete the picture....

PJ Lynch said...

Many thanks ART IS JOKKEN
I know what you mean about "more space to complete the picture...." but it is so hard to leave a picture alone.
I love to see rough mark making and unfinished areas, but another part of me likes to see the whole thing resolved.
It's a dichotomy.

art is jok(k)e(n) said...

Thanks! I am glad you wrote about it. It is so recognisable . I mean the dichotomy, as you call it, it is the battle and we have to win or make a good compromise... Sometimes I deal with the same problem- I end up where I did not want to end up. ( with drawing or painting- :D)

JG O'Donoghue said...

fantastic, love the skin tones