Jeopardising Flesh

I finally got back in the studio yesterday and made some progress.

It’s been so cold in recent weeks I’ve wanted to do nothing but cocoon myself in layers of blankets, but yesterday it was at least in the positive digits, so I blasted the heat and made the studio inhabitable.

I darkened the landscape surrounding the figures to help define them and give them some contrast. Also used some warm pink and orange to give the flesh some life. 


There’s still a blue cast to the bodies so I may work even more warmth into them, but I’m going to hold off on making a final decision on that until I’ve had more time to look at the piece and decide if that’s really what I want to do. I don’t want to lose the impression of the environment merging with the figures, and pumping them up with too much fleshy colour might jeopardise that. 

I'm also going to work at lightening the bit on the left were the greenery meets the sky, I’d like it to fade back and blend a bit more. It's currently a bit too loud and too florid.

Here's a detail of my favourite figure in the bunch:


Georg Baselitz at Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin

I went over to see the Georg Baselitz show at Contemporary Fine Arts this afternoon. Highly recommended. It's up until March 3, 2018. Here's a look at some of the work on display:

Changing things up

As it's a new year I thought I would kick things off properly by cleaning up the studio and switching the wall I work on from the left side of the room to the right. I Spent the day cleaning, moving furniture around and putting up fresh paper to protect the wall. A new tarp is soon to follow, I just mopped and am waiting for the floor to dry before putting it down.


I've been working on this acrylic painting, "Venus Bathing," after a painting of the same name by Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée from 1776. So far so good.

I'm using this great new blue, or "petrol", from Swiss paint manufacturer Lascaux. It's pricey stuff, but so rich! That's a top-shelf blue, that. Very happy how the Lascaux blue towel plays off the cheaper store brand yellow towel. Only the best for this goddess. The white towel weirdly looks like a ghost. Perhaps I should fix that. 


Elvira Bach at 68 Projects

Saw an exciting show of Elvira Bach paintings at 68 Projects – big and bold, with great colour. Here's a glimpse of what was on view: