Well, I hope I won't get a lot of raised eyebrows with this study.
This is another small oil study, canvas size is 9"X12" (Canvas has NOT been cropped)
I have been interested in abstracted areas...as figures or combinations of figures interact...(multiple figure) compositions. This image is based on a reference photo.
There are quite a number of reasons for this painting:
One, as I said, I find the geometry of multiple figure compositions interesting. I'm also giving myself a lot of extra time...working with value relationships. I feel they are of primary importance..and in this case, please note they are not yet fully developed.
This is the first coat, painted upon a red-pencil sketch. I'm painting as quickly as I can...and aside from the red-pencil quick sketch...I feel this painting is about as close to an *alla prima* approach as I've ever done. Which is exciting for me...because I truly love the spontaniety of that discipline...I realize this painting does not qualify as alla prima because there is a sketch involved before applying the paint. It has all been painted in one sitting..wet into wet..and I've yet to complete a painting (to my satisfaction) in one sitting.
I hope the subject matter does not offend........I feel there is a beauty in figures, and other than the appearance here of multiple figures....my only intention in working on this painting is for my own learning. I also like the very subtle nature of skin color..shadows...and all of the corresponding value/color relationships. Converting the reality of those colors/shadows into oil paint......is an interesting matter.
I have about an hour and 20 minutes on this study, part of what I'm attempting to do is make a statement with the paints as quickly as I can. Lately, I'm very much.....trying to draw with paint.
Again, I apologize if something appears in this painting that some may find offensive..I (obviously) do not.
The title of this study is (again) "Touch"