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07-18-2001, 08:32 PM
I took a couple of the ideas thrown about on the last post, simplified the background and had the 'style' each figure was painted in differ more.
I'm devoid of models currently, so I had to do this from my head, any anatomy corrections are much appreciated (in the lower figure, the upper is deliberately distorted).
It's acrylic on canvas, 9 x 12 inch, using my new burnt sienna :D
07-18-2001, 09:07 PM
I hope we're talking about a series here. I liked the other one.
I like this one too. The composition has a circular flow, like she recycles back into that body hair first when she's done. I feel like the distortions of the body complement the expression of the piece. The freedom of her rendering is in keeping with her action.
07-19-2001, 05:09 AM
Very nice. The lower figure is great. I can't do that well with a model, let alone from memory! This is a very good piece overall. The way the upper figure seems to be the soul of the lower figure puts me in mind of the aboriginal dream time as the soul goes walkabout during the night. The flowing hair of the upper figure strongly suggested the walkabout/dreamtime element to me. I wasn't sure about the band of yellow in the background. I found it off putting at first but the more I thought about it the more it seemed to re-enforce the idea that the upper figure (soul) was leaving the sleeping lower figure as the sun is setting on the horizon. I suppose it could be the soul returing at sunrise but with the upper figure facing off to the right she seems to be departing rather than returning.
07-19-2001, 11:15 AM
there's the next one, because I certainly thought of this 'spirit' as departing ...
thank you, hrafen, for all your thoughts, I enjoyed reading your reactions, especially about the aborigines- I've been told before that some of my works ring of their philosophy.
zotma- yes, I think this will end up as a new series, but I need some models before I can get too serious about it. It p*sses me off to paint a 'realistic' body from memory. Thanks for your comments on the distortion, I actually redid that more than I redid the lower body :D glad it works for you ...
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