I did a little series of figure paintings not too long ago and wanted to do a few more this month. I got some advice once about painting and about writing– paint the painting you’d want to own; write the book you want to read.
So I went through my files of references and settled upon this seated pose. I liked the asymmetry of her shoulders and exaggerated it a bit in the painting.
I don’t have much enlightening to say about it which feels a little frustrating since I usually have a lot to say about my paintings. Below is a poem– some more advice for a painter. I’ve referenced it before. Now feels like a good time again because I can feeI myself starting to tax and tear, tug at art. It helps to remember it is enough to simply love my subject matter, profound or not.
Today I love irregular shapes, deep purple lines, and complimentary colors. Today I love the human form– not elegant or dancing or running or bending. Just sitting there. Barefoot and bored.
Advice to a Friend who Paints
By Kelly Cherry