From the guild artist's ancient credo regarding
nudes ... 'If a thing 'tis still paint it, but if it moves make sure ye grab it'!
I began my next stage by replacing the chalk
with paint and roughing in the couch and adding some strategic cushions. I intend
these to be of various colors and materials and subdued hues.
I discovered a pattern I like on a silk blouse
in a Watteau painting so I will use it on the most dominant pillow. I arranged
a few of my own pillows about the studio to better define the stretch marks.
Suggest a foreground and background - but nothing
definite at this stage. There seems insufficient tension on the front cushion
so I will alter it then apply more highlights and fix all with another
I will also whiten the nude as this was always
my experiment - to try and paint a pale nude and give her as William Whitaker
would say 'wall presence.' Even though the whole thing may turn out an
abject failure I console myself with the thought that had I not tried I
would never know. Well here goes ...
I am not pleased with the position of the right
arm and shoulder. I will change that - scrape, blend and hope...