So today I returned again to observational work, currently a self portrait (more struggle here!), but then suddenly saw a figure in the one of the little free pieces I did yesterday.
So I started to introduce it into the painting. This is good because the energy is already there. Also I think I realise what Pauline Agnew means by the background and the figure being one.
So what works for me at present is to stick with the painstaking observational work and studies of anatomy, but also to have some joyous playtime which brings together the figure and elements of colour. These different processes can mesh, and provide a way of taking my painting into a new place.....
|Colour sample from above|
|Free version 1|
|Free version 2|
|Starting to "find" a figure in version 2|