The vines wrappingÂ around the Emperor’s legsÂ have become much more substantial, reaching all the way up to his knees and down to the a point just above the horizon. I started working on the leaves that areÂ emerging from the shaman’s mouth, but realized that I really need to get the background and the rest of her body painted in the base coat of Raw Umber before proceeding any further, so I switched over to the hand at her stomach, enjoying finding the subtle shifts of value and working out the placement of the tendons, fingernails and knuckles. I’ve made the hand a touch large to make it feel a little closer to the viewer.
Now it’s time to work out the position of the legs of the chair and to get that landscape started so that the leaves passing over it make sense. I can’t paint the white underpainting of the vines where they meet the chair legs until I have figured out where the legs are situated.
The New Romantic Figure exhibit closed today.