So, Week two of this piece and I am thinking more about the story behind this painting. What started as a bit of fun, leading on from my last first attempt at water, ‘Dolce Vita’ (on the website Recent Work) has begun to develop a bit of a story and got legs, as it were (!).
The sky is darkening, which is emphasising the light on the water. I can’t wait to put more detail into this light, but have to be patient and wait for the paint to dry. This could be a metaphor for the woman’s life, emerging from a troubled past into a bright future, hence her kicking up the splashes of water, which will add vivacity to the work. Again, I have to wait to paint these essential dashes of white to the water, so hopefully next week will see this sorted.
Alternatively, it could just be a woman enjoying being by the water, showing off her shoes – you the viewer can decide. I am a great advocate of strong women, happy in their own skin.
I am working up the water now and should be able to give it more definition by next week, more lights and darks. Sometimes I feel I should move over to acrylics for the instant drying effect, but I so love the smell of the oil paints, and the turps – even in my one bedroom studio…..
I am also enjoying building up the flesh tones, never easy for this artist, but am gaining in confidence with each new work. To quote Van Gogh: ‘I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart’.
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