Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Outdoor figure painting

 

Oil on linen panel, 12 x 16

This is actually my first ever outdoor figure painting. Can you believe it? I painted this with my artist friend Abigail on my deck. Abigail has a lot of experience painting outdoor figures since she studied with John Ebersberger and at the Cape Cod School of Art. She's done many mud heads, figures on the beach, etc. She couldn't believe I had never painted a figure outdoors. But it's true. Somehow all my portraits and figures were done indoor with controlled lighting. But I'm liking the outdoor light with the cool reflected light on the model's face.

It was a cloudy day and made for an interesting study of the colors on the model's skin and kimono. Later the sun kept coming in and out of the clouds, making painting more difficult. It's a complete different painting when the sun is out! 

Kuniko is a great model. She always arrives early, times herself, and holds the pose very steady. We are happy to have her working with us.

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