It was too cold for our life model to undress, so she just unpinned her hair and lay down on the platform fully clothed. Her unruly hair and unconventional style of dress – dungaree shorts and thick tights – at first made it seem more difficult to capture than her unclothed form might have. It seemed odd to be painting a person with their clothes on!
However, it made for a very interesting exercise. I used a palette of magenta and blue against a greeny/turquoise background and was quite pleased with my efforts.
A couple of weeks later, in my wee studio, I decided to turn the study into a finished painting. Using orange, yellow and touches of cadmium red, I added bold pattern and refined the figure here and there.
Here’s the result so far. Not sure if I should leave the yellow stripes as they are or if they should all be lined with red. What do you think?