|Marlowe Looking for Yellow watercolor and relief ink on paper 13 x 10.5|
Painting a clown has some distinct advantages, the most apparent being the dreaded difficulty of painting the human face made a bit easier, I think, by the cariactured features. Two sessions. And, in keeping with his clown alter ego, Marlowe broke the seriousness of the sessions every now and again with a bit of whimsy from his clown book of tricks. Most artists chose the full figure. One creative chose just the splayed legs with the gigantic clown shoes as the focal area. I chose a portrait. The portrait was rendered in watercolor. Although the transparent yellow background was "just fine", I chose to use relief ink in the background finally as I felt it's white chalkiness complemented the white grease paint on the face.
Painting Marlowe the clown. Serious business.
The teardrops painted on his eye helped with the title "Marlowe Looking for Yellow".