March 17, 2013
Yikes, this is progress?
Once I did that, and painted in a window shade, the painting suddenly was no longer a painting of Jennifer, but of a figure alongside a still life.
Drastic measures were called for -- or at least a lot of black paint. I have put Jennifer into shadow and played up the light on the still life and outside the window in contrast.
Now I have to work the shadowed figure to reduce the mass of the draped skirt. And I may have to put a shirt on her. I'm not being prudish, but something about the breasts aligning with the lemons -- ugh. I think I'll try first to deepen the shadow, but if that doesn't work, it will be time to cover her up. As I am working through this, it's a pretty big contrast to my "alla prima" way of working -- instead of one fast session, I have been back and forth on this for two weeks and I'm sure not done yet.