I’ve finished painting the legs with the exception of the shoes, which I will do later. I’ve limited myself to simpler tasks today because I’m just too tired to do the more detailed work. It’s been a productive but mostly administrative week, and although the work will bear fruit later, it’s still frustrating to know that my studio is sitting quietly, with paintings that need attention. I can’t wait to get back into the studio for some really substantial painting time.
Joseph helped me turn the Magician upside down so that working on the sky would be easier, and I’ve glazed it with an Iron Oxide Red which I ragged off, then used a Flake White for the clouds. I’ve painted the clouds with a denser, impasto white towards where the light source originates, leaving them to become softer and more blended on the side facing away from the light.
I’m interested in how this orange sky will work. It’s fun to bring a strong colour into play instead of the blue we usually see.
Upside-down tarot imagery immediately brings the Hanged Man to mind, of course. My friend Antony is going to give me his old gravity boots this week, so I can suspend a model for that painting. I’ve done a sketch version that I’m pretty happy with, but I have to build a stretcher for it, which will take a while.
Love this effect of the Magician turned upside down!
Reminded me of a card from the Rocambole Tarot, which depicts the Fool or Jester upside down, and the caption “Walking on the Sky”.