Last week our regular figure study group met as usual, but at the end of our session, we all agreed to try to duplicate the post at the next session. I had been happy enough with what I had after one session, except for one problem hand, so I planned today to fix the hand and start on a portrait, yet another of Becky. Instead, I spent almost the entire second session “dithering” (some would say) with what I had. I’m wondering if I have overworked and ruined what had been a decent painting. Fortunately, I photographed the earlier version so we may compare the two:
I am inclined to favor the second version now that I see them together. Certainly a lot of the elements that I worked on called for help. The model stand has a life, yet stays back where it belongs. Her right hand looks more like a hand. The face is more delicately portrayed. The dark background works better to show off her skin tones. Does anyone have a strong opinion either way? And what do you think of the lavender shadows? It’s what I saw today, and I have never seen them before. My eyes may be changing, or perhaps the way we set up the spotlights did it. I had trouble seeing what I was doing until I brought a spotlight to aim at my painting and my palette, but then I had the bright light in my eyes, and my gaze was shifting between the model and the painting. Terrible conditions, really, so the lavender may have been a trick of the light. My brain misperceived.
Aline Lotter is currently exhibiting:
at the Hatfield Gallery and the East Colony Fine Art Gallery in Manchester (both are in Langer Place, 55 S. Commercial St., Manchester, NH); at the Bartlett Inn and Bernerhof Inn in Bartlett; at the Red Jacket Inn in North Conway; at the law offices of Mesmer and Deleault at 41 Brook St in Manchester; at the Manchester office of Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter; in the lower level of the Bedford Public Library, Bedford, NH; and at her studio by appointment (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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