Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Go-to girl

Today's painting is another one that I started a while ago and never finished. Tomorrow's painting will be a different take on this same subject, done in oil. I guess you can say that this little statue that I found in an antique shop a few years ago has become my "go-to girl" for subjects to paint. She's been shuffled around my house, kept in the car for a while (just in case I needed something to paint or draw while I'm out and about), been in many student's hands and used as their painting subject and she's even been in our principal's office (since she is naked and all, I had to get permission to use her in the classroom :) )  She really is a perfect model- a great example of the human figure (minus arms and legs), she stays still, she's portable and  she's always available. In all seriousness, though, she has a great patina, great curved lines, and just enough detail in the face to get some great practice for feature placement and proportion. An artist can get so many different paintings out of just this one subject-by turning it, by zooming in on it and/or by painting exactly at eye level or just above or below it. I guess this would apply to any subject, really. But, personally, I really like her. I'm guessing she needs a name by now, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :)

1 comment:

  1. Catherine, but I will call her Kate to humble her because she has such an ego from being a model for so long...