Some weeks ago, a person enquired about purchasing the original of “Hayley in Light and Shadow.” I E-mailed her a JPEG version at half resolution so she could consider it in greater detail.
I hadn’t forgotten how to do rough, bold, deliberately careless-looking brush work, but must confess it’s taken me some while to reestablish my old familiarity with the Painter brushes and techniques involved.
This was going to be a practice piece. The longer and more intently I worked at it, and the more freedom I allowed the shadows, the clearer it became I’d neglected not only an approach to brush work, but shadow itself. I’ll probably never see shadow half so passionately as light, but try and try again.
In case you’re curious, I asked the dancer for this pose because I intended to do a finely detailed drawing with color washes of a woman’s fingers turning into carnivorous reptiles. I’ve done several versions, some more drawn than painted, some not drawn at all; sad to say, they’ve all been failures for one reason or a dozen others.