Legs to stand on

Actually, if you’ve been counting, you’ll know that there are only seven legs beneath the girls. I’m not adding the eighth, which should be supporting the second attendant from the right because it would mess with the rather pleasing “M” shaped composition that’s created beneath the figures.

Most of the time I’m still working in Raw Umber over dry white – so far the wet white has mostly been confined to the flesh, where it works well to create the soft blends that make the changes in value more pleasing, although here I used blended white and brown to create the sandal straps. There’s a huge difference in colour that’s noticable when you compare the quality of the Raw Umber rubbed over a dry white background (the flesh of the feet) to the same pigment mixed with the white (the sandals), isn’t there?

I’ve not yet put the shadows of the girls onto the marble floor. I’ll have to add those in place when I work on the veining and subtle colour shifts of the stone.

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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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