I’m swamped with administrative work for the new semester, so painting has had to wait for a short time until we get started. I’m particularly looking forward Â to beginning my Life Painting and Drawing classes, because working from a model in the studio offers a greater challenge to the artist Â because of the slight (although unintentional) movements of the body. You have to balance accuracy with creative trickery to make the drawings work.
The two eight by eight canvases are stretched and washed, and need a few coats of gesso to make them ready for painting. I feel very good about the imagery for these, being well prepared for the Empress following the photo shoot we did recently, and having a very clear picture of the In Between painting in my mind. Once the gesso is down I’ll be able to get to work drawing the Empress out.
The giant Virtues canvas needs a third coat of gesso to fully cover it before we can start any work on the piece. I’m looking for models for the drawing right away, remembering those beautiful paintings by Botticelli, Primavera and Venus.