Some Paintings Must Wait to Be Finished

Waiting for Additional Imagery
Oil on Panel, 14×11″

As the post title states, some paintings must wait to be finished. This will remain in that category until I recycle it or until I add additional imagery. It’s a one session piece done just after my open studio. It’s not close enough for a cigar. I have a back log of these waiting for a long stretch of uninterrupted time for completion. I will experiment with different combinations until something clicks. Until then this and the others will remain in storage until I transform them. More to come.

T F m
October 25, 2011

The Spiel

The Sales Spiel
Ball Point Pen on Paper, 8.5×5.5″

 

I went to a sales spiel for a travel company that was supposedly no pressure. My hubby and I sat through their B.S. while I made this drawing. It so happens that the ‘no pressure sales event’ required that we make a decision that evening or the ‘deal’ being offered would be withdrawn with no recourse to consider it later.  That in spite of the fact we had no idea who this outfit was and they did not make any attempt to inform us beforehand. So we could do our due diligence in informing ourselves in advance.  This drawing was the only good thing to come out of that experience!

T F m
October 25, 2011

Archaic Smile

Archaic Smile
Oil on Linen Panel, 16×20″
This is the fourth time I have painted from this model. It is the first time I have come close to a likeness in any way. And still anyone who knows her would furrow a brow and shake a head with a decided “No.” Each person is a challenge to my observational powers but I have really struggled with her. She has this uncanny ability to hold a smile while she is modeling. I don’t know if that’s part of the challenge, or if I should just ask her to relax her face, or her features just too difficult to discern well.
The dark cloth to the right was a piece of black velvet. It absorbs light nearly completely so I invented the tracery of branches and leaves to help bring it a sense volume and to carry the green from the left side across the painting. The green is also a foil against which the red tones of the figure and her lingerie can contrast. It make the reds seem more intense. The blue cloth under her right arm serves a similar function against the orange-y tones of the fainting couch and the warm tones of her skin.
That smile she holds is just like the archaic smile of sculpture from pre-classical Greece. Every figure, whether it is of a dying warrior or a maiden holding a pomegranate, has this stylized smile. No one knows exactly what it means. I have read that it may mean the person is in optimum health or is in a state well being. I don’t know how that applies to a dying warrior. It could also mean that the person depicted is in a state of grace, at one with the world, or experiencing a total acceptance of one’s condition. 
I am going to put on my archaic smile and admit that this is as good as it’s going to get and move on from here. Having gotten the likeness I did makes me happy enough and those of you who have not met her will find it quite believable.

T F m
October 15, 2011