Interlude, 12 x 24 inches, oil on linen
Here's a painting that I finished recently. In a previous post, I showed you the original 10~20 minute drawing done from life, and the small oil study (6 x 9 inches or so)I used to explore some color possibilities.
I worked up the final painting using the study. In the study, I used the chair and the wrought iron screen thing to anchor the two opposing corners with dark values and active shapes. While I liked these objects, I felt that they were too obvious as far as compositional devices went. I look at the painting and think, "ah, anchor devices." This is not what I want as a first reaction to my painting. After trying a few other solutions, I decided the more poetic way was to just use subtle value shifts and a few sharp directional lines. I'm pretty satisfied with this solution.
The overall color and mood is much cooler than in the study. Perhaps more melancholy also. There is a heaviness to the overall mood and I really like that. I was going after the muted, quiet mood that we see in some of Antonio Mancini's paintings.
The frame on the background wall is right smack in the center of that negative space created by the pose. I hope that looks intentional, and not because I wasn't paying attention. I tried several different positions and sizes, and kept coming back to this solution. I couldn't figure out why this appealed to me the most, but it did. So there.