Amelia in the cavern

Because it’s been intemperately pouring with rain here in Southern California, lovely Amelia’s too wet to paint today unless I work around the figure and deal with the background. When the air is full of moisture paint takes much longer to dry, even with a siccative medium like Graham’s Walnut Alkyd in it.

I’m rethinking where Amelia is situated, based on the completely random layout of the primer coat of burnt sienna (the lovely orange brown) Doesn’t it feel as though she’s within a cavern that has been carved from the living rock? If I go this way, she’s the spirit of air who has entered deep into the earth to pursue the light.


Where’s the water?

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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1 Response to Amelia in the cavern

  1. rich says:

    I really am glad you are moving along with these three paintings. I have had the same problem with my Walnut Alkyd… still wet after an entire days sitting. I have brought my painting into the house to see if it will cure a bit so I can get something done this afternoon. And, i am intrigued by the possible cavernous search of Amelia. She’s been lost in the air, yet we find her now here in the hermit’s cave approaching the Light. Nice.

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