Monday, April 25, 2016
New Work in Progress
The larger painting, of a girl on horseback, is new, and I can't decide whether to fiddle more with it or not. My original intention was to paint something quite flat and simple. I experimented with drawing first in red paint and letting that show a bit, then really simplifying both figures. Neither ended up as stylized as I hoped, but when the girl had less of a face I was very uncomfortable. I used an old snapshot of my youngest sister as a point of departure, but I didn't want the final painting to be a portrait of a specific person, but rather a more generalized image. Poor thing - her face has been painted over several times. I think she'll just have to hang out in the studio until I decide what to do next.