This is just a working title, as usual I will need help from a certain Twitter follower as words are not my forte….
For this painting, I got inspiration from another artist who had used the same model in one painting. I had the benefit of a great model who came over to my studio with a range of different outfits and I was able to take a lot of photos for future reference and paintings. I would love to be able to always paint from life, but time and space do not allow this for me at the moment, so I have to rely on the photographs where possible.
I wanted to explore the idea of women and their love affair with shoes, so I have positioned the model in different poses admiring her new shiny red shoes. I think I want to keep the background fairly plain, but aim to layer on paint with a palette knife as time goes on, not on the female figure though.
I also aim to make more of the shadows – I like the shadows around the legs and against the wall and will give this more definition as the painting progresses. I am tempted to keep the wall completely white, but this may end up being boring – I shall have to wait and see how the figures progress.
The size is 60 x 50 cm/ 24 x 20″
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