Morning – demonstration part 1 of 3
• I thought is was time to mix it up a little bit after a year of still life paintings. For the past week I have been working on this figure. For reasons I do not completely understand I like to linger on figurative paintings. Taking my time. In this case my beautiful wife – the love of my life for more than 25 years – is the model. This is a moment from her morning routine. Everyday life can be so rich with wonderful moments. I love the “S” curve of her back and contrast of texture and soft cool color of the walls and towel against the warmth of her skin.
The under drawing is a simple graphite pencil on a white oil primed linen panel. I followed that with washes of burnt umber with touch of yellow ochre. There is also a touch of Prussian blue toward the lower left of the painting. After allowing a short time for the washes to dry slightly a lift technique it used to indicate the highlights showing the primary, overhead, light source. To lift the under painting I use paper towels, brushes, finger tips – anything that I can find to give me the shape and texture I want to achieve. The most important thing I have in mind throughout this process is keeping the integrity of the drawing and composition.