Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Sculpture in Paint?

20 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

After I got this one home and spent some time looking at it, I realized what it reminded me of: a marble monument - the kind where there's lots of amazing flesh and drapery depicted in stone. I'm always so blown away by sculpture (mostly because I absolutely cannot do it), and I think this is the first time one of my paintings has put me in mind of one.

  The lower body started off a bit too small in my initial block-in, and kind of grew as I painted, ending up with a nice solid feeling. I kept the legs loose and brushy in an attempt to have her face as the focal point. I feel like it worked - even though every time I glance over at this painting on the studio wall I feel like I'm going catch a knee to the eye!


Diane Mannion said...

Powerful painting, Sarah!

Shelley Koopmann said...

This is so beautiful! You did a wonderful job on this :-)

Taryn Day said...

Wonderful painting, Sarah. The skin tones are great, as is the drawing....and the face is so well done.