hiatus and revelation

JONATHAN ELLIS Reclining Nude oil on canvas 45 x 70 cm 18 August 2014

JONATHAN ELLIS
Reclining Nude
oil on canvas
45 x 70 cm
18 August 2014

This painting was ‘finished’ on March 1, over 5 months ago, and duly framed and exhibited (top row, middle painting):

JONATHAN ELLIS 13 The Gallery August 2014 exhibition

I started the painting in January from the drawing below, which was not only the third in a series, but also seemed to have many elements which at once flattened the picture plane and released the figure into space. I noted the flat line from shoulder to breast, continued by an accidental horizontal line into the far right negative space, and the ambiguity of the shape of the all-important bent leg, the large shape seeming to push her to the right and the lack of distraction of facial features:

JONATHAN ELLIS Reclining Nude drawing 3 charcoal and white chalk

JONATHAN ELLIS
Reclining Nude drawing 3
charcoal and white chalk

This drawing had been preceded by these two …

JONATHAN ELLIS Reclining Nude drawing 2 charcoal and white chalk

JONATHAN ELLIS
Reclining Nude drawing 2
charcoal and white chalk

JONATHAN ELLIS Reclining Nude drawing 1 charcoal

JONATHAN ELLIS
Reclining Nude drawing 1
charcoal

Here are the 5 stages of uncertainty:

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then, after seeing this on the wall for two days ….

JONATHAN ELLIS Reclining Nude (stage v) oil on canvas 45 x 70 cm 1 March 2014

JONATHAN ELLIS
Reclining Nude (stage v)
oil on canvas
45 x 70 cm
1 March 2014

… I have repainted it today, using drawing 2 instead, which has revealed the surface, structure and concurrent flatness and space I was originally looking for:

JONATHAN ELLIS Reclining Nude oil on canvas 45 x 70 cm 18 August 2014

JONATHAN ELLIS
Reclining Nude
oil on canvas
45 x 70 cm
18 August 2014

also the paint underneath had set so hard that all sorts of surfaces have emerged:

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