The other day I started preparing some masonite boards to paint on. I had an Idea in mind, based on a phtoto of an actress, but it wasn't quite working when I started to paint.
So yesterday when I was in the studio, I glazed over the bad beginning with black and gold. Then I dug thru the (very large because I never throw anything away) pile of gesture drawings that I have done and looked for one that would work on this size board.
I loved this drawing of Katie - it was about a 5 minute pose, and the tilt of her head, the wisp of hair falling forward, the angle of the knee and the gently turned-inward foot, the profile of her breasts were really subtle and beautiful. I am often attracted to poses where the figure is "enclosed" in a way.
Here is where I am at with the painting. I'm trying to find the right balance of finish/immediacy that I had in the gesture drawing...also making my line quality as interesting as possible. And there's always the challenge of making the figure and environment work together.