Thursday, January 10, 2008
Eating Bread and Honey
Very poor painting today. One step forward, two steps back. I tackled the pivotal "queen" figure in the painting and she's been a challenge. The turn of her head, the look of her eyes, the shape and angle of her arm to her mouth, the texture of her dress, nothing has gone smoothly. Here is what little headway I've made this week. On top of everything else, my pictures are blurry, as it was getting very dark and I can't use a flash.
Her eyes ought to convey rude arrogance, haughty indifference, and it must be her eyes alone that carry it because she is sucking her fingers. I've really set myself a task.
I wanted to make the gown a very shiny golden satin, as if she were clothed in a gown of flowing honey. But I'm no Rubens fer Chrissakes! I hacked away at this thing today for six hours. I'm pretty happy with the half of the gown I've finished, but I should have done twice as much in half the time!