Red Sofa, 12 x 24 inches, oil on linen
I have a nice new sofa in the studio! And that means really cool reclining poses. I've been wanting to do some of these classic reclining compositions for a while now, but haven't been able to because I didn't have a studio where I could put a sofa. And I didn't have a sofa. My couch in my living room is way too big to move, and I couldn't really paint in there anyway.
But now that I've got a proper studio, I have no more excuses. I had to get a sofa. Originally I wanted a small Victorian-styled (that is to say, fake) sofa or something like it. But I couldn't find one that fit my measly budget. I didn't want one that was too contemporary, either.
I looked for one in thrift stores, yard sales, Ikea, and many discount stores, but couldn't find exactly what I wanted. After a while the search became ridiculous - every day I didn't find a sofa, was a day I wasn't painting a reclining figure. At this rate, I thought, it might take years before I found what I wanted, so I decided to forget the Victorian (for now) and just get something new, small, comfortable and not to stylized. I found just the thing at World Market! Pretty good price, too. (on sale for $300, including slipcover)
I tried it out last Friday at the open figure session and it worked out great. It didn't hurt that I had my favorite model posing for us, either.
In fact, it worked out so well that Susan (runs the school next door) decided to get an identical sofa in gray which will stay in the classroom. My red sofa will stay in the lounge/library of my studio and will be brought out as need arises.
There will be many more reclining-nude-on-the-sofa paintings to come!