Remember this from the previous post? The ballet fail that I exorcised with a large dollop of white primer?
Well, I’m taking another run at light, this one based on a photo reference because it’s clear that imagining how bodies work is not going well, despite having seen many in my lifetime.
The photo is another Degas [those dresses] and I want again to modernise.
First I need the face to be a decent face because that will be the most ‘present’ feature. The rest I want to present as half drawn, half painted and not quite separate from its abstract background.
Looking at it now, it seems to me she is in a painting within a painting.
15th March. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, I spent all morning yesterday putting in an eyeball and all afternoon taking it out again. Today I think it’s as there as it’s going to be without tearing a hole in the canvas and patching in a fresh piece.
Sassy woman, this one, where the original is either haughty or feigning haughtiness. I’ve titled the piece ‘Frock stays on, mate’ after Woman Seated on a Balcony by Edgar Degas 1872 and in the spirit of my stance on female nudity in art.