Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Digna, 2005

This is the largest painting I have ever done. I wanted to capture the simplicity and beauty of a new apartment and the woman who lived there with me. The yellow walls against the plain bed with purple sheets was so striking I chose them as a secondary subject.

I did some research on how to do portraits and the take-away I got is to start with a warm dark color and then layer the lighter skin tones on top. Also, my goal was to create a flat image that looked more like abstract color fields than objects (but I enjoyed creating shadows and lights on the body). I also wanted to step outside the boundary of academic perspective, so the walls and floor do not line up "properly." I am immensely pleased with this work.

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