|Nude Leaning watercolor/mixed 12.25 x 9.5|
We hired a life model a couple of weeks ago for class painting. My painting was fairly regular in its description...but the work lacked pizazz. First I experimented with painting a loose, mid-value background. Still pleasing. Still boring. I wanted texture to oppose the smoothness of the model's skin. I wanted opacity to oppose the transparency of the figure. After cutting a template to cover the figure, I used relief ink to print onto the background area. The small dots were actually happy accidents....bits of dried ink that stuck to block and prevented total coverage. What a hoot!
Experimentation doesn't always work out well. But it always provides a thrill!