Enter my daughter Christine who in her own quest for self expansion stepped out of her comfort zone and dabbled in modelling jewelry and posing for photos. One such photograph was a sassy pose looking quite blazé peeking out from the tumbled tangles of her stylishly pink tinted bleached locks. It captured her essence and definitely spoke to me. Sitting with an unfinished book, gazing out seemingly in reverie, I imagined her becoming a "poster child" for libraries encouraging one to read. In fact I thought "Just Read" might be a catchy title of this painting project. She agreed to let me paint her and so it began.
As I observed the reference photo, I noticed the grey background colour seemed to wash out the overall impression of pink and I wanted her to pop out from the canvas. This is where the imperative colour theory comes in. It taught me that opposite the colour wheel is where I'll find my answer. I mixed a bit of sap green to a titan buff tube I picked up at a garage sale. It was a warmer white that with sap green leaned towards a pastel sage green that would complement the pink tones of her hair and long sleeved camisole top. So far so good!
Anxious to make progress, but overwhelmed by the lacy leggings, I moved to her face where the all important eye needed to capture her likeness perfectly. Three hours of shading and highlights with plenty of retardant added to my acrylics did the trick . I was extremely pleased at the results though the overall image had a creepy feel with this one eye staring out from the canvas! (Think Clockwork Orange)