09 June 2010

Jill


22" x 15", watercolour, 2002, private collection

As I prepare for the upcoming Artevino on 19 June, I've decided to post another wine-related painting.

I shot the reference for this during a New Year's Eve party (2001/2002) at the same house where I shot the ref for my Interiors series. In fact, I did an oil painting with the shelf that's behind Jill (I never did get her last name).

Technically, I was trying hard to loosen up with this one, but I couldn't help maintaining control for the face and the hand that's holding the wine glass (I love doing reflections on glass). Her top and skirt are both flat colours (indigo, if I remember correctly) which serves to contrast against the looseness of the background and the relative tightness of the figure. I tried to get a certain Jon J. Muth quality in her hair (I love how he paints redheads), but I'm not sure how successful I was.

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