Sunday, April 26, 2009
"A Companion of Diana" - WIP Corner
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Stage 1 and 2.
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"Marilyn M King Studio".
The latest in Karin Jurick's DSFDF challenge was a photo's of the marble sculpture of a nymph and her dog titled "The Companion of Diana".
I spent a lot of time visualizing what I wanted the end result to be before I even prepared the canvas. That is not what I usually do, but I wanted to create a background that added movement and free brush strokes that worked with the image in a supportive way. It was similar to an athlete going through the process of visualizing the next pitch or jump and getting his body to follow through with the internal image.
I had painted these background strokes in my head over and over for about three days before painting. This exercise proved to be very helpful. The initial stage seemed to to paint itself. Quite a surprise! As I continued on with the sculpture, I drew with brush and paint with the attitude of a calligrapher, creating stokes with gesture and different pressures. I wanted the painting to have a feeling of spontaneity but worked very slowly. I thought out each stroke before it was place and checked distances constantly, while paying close attention to edges and values. I think I achieved the look of a quick "sketch" but it really took about seven hours to complete. This was done in one day in order to work wet into wet.
I've been working so small for so long that this "larger" size really freed me up to do some bold painting for me. I wasn't too excited about the challenge, but it has turned out to be my favorite so far. I really learned some valuable lessons, some of which will change how I paint from now on. Thanks to Karin for continuing to STRETCH our skills and artistic vision through her challenges. To visit "Different Strokes from Different Strokes" click here.