This is my painting from yesterday's session.
The model was nude and I was given the opportunity to "set" her pose so I chose a standing pose up on the plinth with her body facing towards me and her head angled away looking up. I was seated on a donkey easel with a lower viewpoint.
During the week I saw the amazing movie "In Search of Chopin" and I was reminded of Delacroix's portrait of Chopin.
To get back to my work, I had forgotten how much I enjoy working "alla prima". Obviously before the age of photography everything was done from life (or from memory) but not necessarily as quickly as this sketch seems to have been done. You can't expect a model to hold such an obviously awkward angle for long. That is why I placed myself at the lower viewpoint.
The light was from above and to the left and I started boldly with yellow on the left of the face and purple on the right. I think the nailed the right side pretty early on and have just left it. The eye on the right I had to adjust several times and I do think it was because of model shifts after each break. I still have a plan of working with the "accidental" and the messy mark that is almost so wrong it is right, Almost!
Acrylic on card, big brushes throughout. Lots of the cardboard left to show through.
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