Figure Painting

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Reclining Woman
Watercolor on Masa Paper, 3.75×10.5″

I have, as of late, been kvetching about boring poses. This pose had the potential for boredom that I have been complaining about. Reclining poses can be so close to horizontal that there isn’t much to see. Any features are obscured by foreshortening. This pose avoided that by the model holding it partially on her side.

You can see that the Masa paper was quite wet. The blooms in the background and the softness of the edges are dead giveaways for that. The fine white strip of white paper along the top edge of the figure was left to keep the painted areas separate. That’s only possible when the paper is beginning to dry. It’s a delicate dance balancing the softness of the wet application and the drying surface which leaves harder edges. An isolated instance of either of those conditions could stick out like sore thumbs. Only a distribution of either condition can make for a unified whole.

It made me very happy to be able paint some of the pattern of the oriental style carpet on the model stand. With a max of only twenty minutes the time constraint made getting any pattern in place a real challenge. The tiny bit I managed to put down is a nice contrast to the otherwise mostly solidly painted areas.

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June 19, 2016