Two layers of paint on the legs have given them some solidity, but I’m not yet satisfied with them; once I’ve applied a glaze coat of Ceramic White the color will match the upper half of the figure. The jug has been painted with a thin coat of very light blue, cleaning up some messiness and refining the finish a little. It still needs some warmth to drop in shadows and bring some vibration to the surface.
I’m considering how to complete the foreground, thinking about grasses and dirt. I don’t want to paint too much detail in this, because I want the focus to remain on the girl, but I think some more jasmine in an “s” shaped composition around the girl will work well. There’s already a nice texture built around her feet that’s suggestive of tangled foliage, I’ll add more leafy work, perhaps including some lavender spikes there mixed in with the jasmine lower down in the painting.
Semester is drawing to a close, with final critiques and big changes to our seniors’ lives. I’ve enjoyed the company of my students this semester. It’s good to see them understanding the processes of painting. I really hope they carry with them an appreciation for painting and making art that influences them for the rest of their lives.