I am not a proponent of smoking... even though I had the nasty habit years ago... But this young lady seemed the perfect subject for me to experiment with some abstraction. I tried the faceless approach a few paintings back (see here) and kind of liked the results. I thought I'd try it again here. Again, I 'kind of'' like the results. This painting turned out to be more of what I don't want to do again as opposed to what I would like to try again (make sense?) In other words, I'm not totally satisfied with the results of this one. Although, the more I look at it, the more about it I see that I like. The most exciting part of this painting is the background to me. I brushed and smeared (with a palette knife) and scraped (with a paint scraper) and the slapped some more paint on and I am digging the layered effect going on. I also like the muted neutrals I used in this one. I need to learn how to use my grays more effectively. The figure herself, I feel is a bit too formal and, well, just not lively enough. Anyway, here she is, taking a break... I will wager, however, that this painting will turn out to be someone else's favorite, as it always seems to be the paintings I don't care for as much are someone else's favorite!
|Off the Clock, oil, 11"x14"|
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