Friday, November 20, 2009
Last night at the Canyon Country Guild Theatre, 3 25 min sessions, 8 1/2 x 11 acrylic on canvas paper. Nailed the composition and values the first 7 minutes. I knew I did it right, because everything that followed was cake. We artists dream of nights like these before real models. I flew this night. Also really understanding how to command a story-another big, big lightbulb moment.
To take charge of this "story", I lit the figure on the right so that that is the part of the painting you should look at first, then her eyes direct you to the figure on the left. I wanted the blue tone of the canvas to peep out of the flesh tones on the right figure, some organized brushstrokes over the flesh tones to keep it fresh and seemingly haphazard but planned. I gave the figure on the right a questioning look, waiting for a response from her friend. All this was decided before painting a stroke.