March 9, 2009
Nude and Imagination
I've been reading Matisse on Art -- might as well admit that up front! -- and when looking at the same model, same pose I've had to work on for several sessions thought I'd make a bit of a leap. First, I never paint only the left side of a pose, although I've painted the right side only plenty of times. So that was the first thing. Second, the question of what would be next to/behind the model to support the intensity of the color and the warmth of her body ... I didn't want to paint what was there. After I painted the model, I turned to look out the studio window (which was shade-down, of course, to provide some privacy for the model) and painted the early spring trees. The "wall paper," an imagined soft hydrangea blue print, came about because I wanted the texture of the background to support the brush strokes in the model.