This painting was ‘finished’ on March 1, over 5 months ago, and duly framed and exhibited (top row, middle painting):
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:
This drawing had been preceded by these two …
Here are the 5 stages of uncertainty:
then, after seeing this on the wall for two days ….
… 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:
also the paint underneath had set so hard that all sorts of surfaces have emerged: