Saturday, October 06, 2007
Nude #289- 12"x16"- watercolor, gouache, pastel & graphite on paper
Even though I love to add pattern to my backgrounds, I also love what a bold solid block of color does for a painting. The red that I put in the background also does a funny trick with the red in her hair. It flattens the painting. It also creates a one-ness with the model. At first I was not sure if I would add in a pattern over the red or not, so I stared at it for a few days. Now I've decided that I like the simple boldness of RED in big areas. I have always loved Matisse's "Red Studio", which coincidently, a friend of mine mentions on yesterday's comments to my blog.