Oil on Board, 14 x 22 inches
A handbrake turn from landscapes for me......I haven't done any life-drawing since night school in the early '80s, so I really enjoyed painting from the model for a change.
Human flesh colour is a joy to depict in paint; there are so many subtle tones and colours, shifting from warm to cool and back again. I particularly like the colour shift on the curves of the model's buttocks, from the sunlit warm ochrey pink, to cool green, to a warm, reflected orangey tint in the shadows. This defines the curves that we know are there, and is again an exercise in painting what we see, and not what we know. The colours and tones are all there - we, as artists, just have to observe and translate what we truly see onto a flat, two-dimensional surface to give the illusion of three dimensions.