Invented Painting Backgrounds, Continued

Seated Times Two
Watercolor on Masa Paper, 7.75×3.75″ each

These two little watercolors were painted during the same session. Both had blank white grounds. The figures were complete enough not to discard them. I sat down one day to complete several such pieces. The image from the last post was one of them. So, these, too, had lain unseen for several weeks. The poses here were so similar that I decided to give them the same treatment and make them a pair. The two, together, I now consider to be one piece.

I have often said that a model is a collaborator in the creation on a work. An art savvy model can make a work seem so effortless that it feels as if it had crawled out the end of my brush. Models who create that atmosphere make a figure artist go all atwitter with excitement when they walk into the studio. They have a wide repertoire of poses and they know just when to use them. They are a joy to work with. Others limit themselves to a few poses or cliched poses that are used ad infinitum to the point of boredom. Sometimes modesl are hard to book or unreliable and one uses a model who can be counted upon to show up in spite of their perfunctory poses.

This model is one of those. These two poses were taken back to back and are very much alike. The only significant difference between them are the chairs and their heights. That’s why I decided on treating the backgrounds alike and making them a kind of diptych. (A diptych consists of two paintings which can function individually and as a pair. One can make triptychs (3) or or go on with many panels which meet these criteria.)

So a ho-hum model became an effective collaborator in a work of art.

December 18, 2014