I haven't been in the studio much over the holidays, but I have managed a few days. A good thing too, it really helps my sanity.
This painting has been set aside for maybe 8 months while I was working on a new track for a group show. I wasn't sure whether I would continue as I didn't know if it fit into my new series. But in October, when I worked out which paintings were continuing, it was one of them. That post is here. You can see this painting along with the others I am keeping.I forgot to take a before photo, so I had already altered the wall by her feet before I photographed it. It is a small painting, about 10" x 12".
Here I have worked on her skin and hair, and put the rat in a bit stronger.
It is difficult to show the more subtle changes. I have been working some yellow-green highlights into her dress to make it more harmonious with the wall. Obviously I put in her eyes. The white lines on the wall are actually chalk lines to draw out the perspective of the bricks, I will rub them out later.
I realize that this painting isn't as immediately appealing as others that I have posted and I feel some need to explain. When creating a series of paintings, it is kind of like a story. Hopefully the paintings each contribute something new to the story and create a kind of 'dialogue' with each other. This means that you might see a painting a little differently because of the paintings that are next to it, or how often a similar theme is repeated. While I don't consider myself a dark painter, I don't really want to be seen as whimsical either. I am more interested in the combination of light and dark that make up reality. So I am sometimes moved to put in some darker works to balance out ones that I think would be interpreted more fancifully.