Working on the dresses was initially a matter that caused me a little worry, but I quickly found myself enjoying creating folds and shadows in the fabric that makes up the first drapery in the painting. I want clothing that is reminiscent of, but not styled in the same way as those romantic creations made by the Pre-Raphaelite painters in their gorgeous paintings of women. When the first draft of this dress is complete in Raw Umber, I will add colour, shadows and highlights to make the fabric really work properly. Pre-Raph connoisseurs may appreciate that I did this work in wet white, meaning that I first added Foundation white to the surface, then painted into it with the brown. It worked quite well, and I’ll continue to experiment with the technique until I can perfect it.
There’s an interesting exhibit at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Silverlake, Los Angeles, where you can see “The Lowbrow Tarot”, a collection of card designs entirely by lowbrow oil painters. Lowbrow is derived from cartoons and illustration, tends towards anime and a gothic sensibility, while using traditional technique to achieve a very detailed and craftsmanlike picture, often in oil paint, sometimes in acrylics, and more unusually in mixed media. I want to visit the show this weekend before it closes at the end of the month (October 31st).