Maybe I was warming up at the beginning of a long session. But in retrospect I find it a pity the figure here has distortions. However there are some nice things going on in it. So here is the last posting from the little series of short poses I made in chalk on a large chopped-up old acrylic painting last year. They seemed to put the model on her own rocky planet. In this one a few nervous little ochre lines seem to etch her into a stratum of the rock like a kind of cave painting from another universe. Off to Cyprus tomorrow then back to earth and reality next Sunday. Have just spent a fortune on chalk pastels so there will be drawings of Agnieshka for sure. a bientot Jane
This is Henriette near the beginning of a series of poses where she gradually disrobed from pose to pose. These all set her in accidental rather lunar landscapes. In posting them I realise I have got them completely out of sequence since by yesterday's painting she had draped that skirt over her shoulder and in the one before that she was completely nude. This is a different kind of order.. possibly order of preference. (chalk on recycled acrylic painting on torn paper approx 35 x 35 cms. 2006) Last one tomorrow and then I will be in Cyprus for a week painting Agneszka and catching up with artist colleagues and friends.
This is the third picture from this series of chalk nude studies on a torn acrylic ex-painting (approx 35 x 20, 2006) and shows a favorite model - Henriette - holding a two minute standing pose in which she appears to be half way through an undressing sequence. These present a faming problem of course which Sharon seems to think could be solved by mounting them on slate... intriguing!
That woman on her planet again. (Chalk on acylic on torn paper. approx 35 x 20, 2006)An infinite sky, a voluptuous body, warmth and solitude, in an arid but not featureless landscape. The nude inhabiting the space - in more ways than one. a bientot Jane
Strange incoherent model study... (chalk on acrylic on paper about 30 cms square 2006) I think she is sitting on her own planet in outer space. I wonder why I deformed the figure so much but I like her introverted mood. She seems to be gathering herself up into herself with a protective and reflective gesture.
As you were.. we are back in the erotic.. This painting's Turkish name - Baygin - means something like fainting.. and since I made it three or four years ago when I was living in Cyprus and learning Turkish that is no doubt where the Turkish concept comes from. (A2, mixed media on paper 2003) As an antidote to the roses of yesterday, and while my next roses paintng is giving me hell, I offer this strange work which is probably a lovemaking scene. You may well wonder why I don't know for sure but then I was only the person painting it through whom it flowed. As with many works from that period I am also not too sure how I made it (charcoal, white acrylic, ink...) but the feeling was right and a womanly passion comes over, I hope. a bientot Jane
A tiny painting of roses (24 x 30, oil on canvas, 14/10/07) which were a sweet gift from a friend. As once before, (see July 4th) I thought to preserve their memory two ways: by painting them and by hanging them up to dry. This activity is a good way to wait for the tulips, which feature significantly in my new subject for the winter months. I will make line drawings also, a totally different way of looking at them. a bientot Jane
Two works today from Friday morning's session. A line drawing from the series of quick poses to warm up and a more developed drawing that includes the model, her reflection and my colleague at work on the same scene. The colour drawing has an intensity in the centre, especially where the light falls on the model's reflected shoulder, from which the rest of the drawing radiates .... light bleaches everything as we have an immense, very light airy studio and work in the mornings. Soon I am going to be working in candlelight with a couple so there will be totally diferent results.
Me drawing a model new to me -a lovely personality that shone off her whole body. (Nude, charcoal pencil on paper, A2 2007) A real warm person who is "bien dans sa peau" I hope the drawing captures my concentration on that aspect - it was an excellent morning in the studio despite some technical problems (hands and feet) about two weeks ago. Today was most absorbing, with a familiar model, Henriette - results on the blog tomorrow
Well, I am finding it quite difficult to convey volume purely through line but I can see the point that is being made to me that working through the mass can cover a multitude of sins. So I will continue for a while like this until I am sure that my eye has stopped lying to my hand. Tomorrow a good female model, as good as this much appreciated male one. a bientot Jane
An ex BBC TV and radio classical music producer I retrained in fine arts in Brussels after marrying a diplomat and going to live in different countries abroad. I have two school age children and a much loved second home in France. My family and friends are very spread out so the internet is very important. Creative life is often compromised but absolutely vital. A reluctant gypsy I am alarmed to find artistic concepts are not as portable as I once thought. The universality of the human figure (my subject) is not helpful enough in the constant conflict of who I am and where I am.