|Cloaked in Tradition Charcoal/Mixed on Paper 30 x 18|
"Cloaked in Tradition" was begun as a drawing from life. The model was a young Asian woman who arrived wearing a lacy corset-top and black lace leggings. For the session, she was asked to wear a silky kimono of green and border-decorated with chrysanthemums. I saw the conflict between who she is and the person she became while on the stand. Working on a large piece of watercolor paper given to me by a friend, I used a combination of pastel and water from a very large brush. Later at home, I used printers ink and an uncut linoleum block to print over the drawing. A smaller block was cut with floral shapes and printed on a horizontal band. The final pass was to merge all of these processes. My tendency these days is to err on the side of underdone, as that pleases be more than going too far. I also felt that the paper was slightly unforgiving.
This work was presented at last evening's critique. The leader felt that the head needed more description, more solidity, and that the measurements were off a bit. The fact that she appears to be sitting without a chair or support was also mentioned. I realized at that time, that I prefer standing myself and don't spend a lot of time sitting down (fidgeting problem), so chairs don't seem to fit into my own scheme of things.....what with all of those hard lines and such. I hoped that the kneecaps, protruding into the stretched lace leggings would preclude my need for a chair. As always, these thoughts from my colleagues will be considered, but in the long run, it is my definition, my aesthetic, that must be played out. I don't wish to collide with someone else's dot. (more on "shadow tag" later)