In Chalmette Louisiana, I started thinking about the old matchbook girls. Where did they go? How can I incorporate that idea into my modeling or painting?
An Idea was born. I pulled out my hand stretched canvas (premade a week earlier) (Primed & Gessoed by me as well).
I sketched my initial idea, very roughly with my drawing pencils, and got to work.
I started to work in a way that was a little unorthodoxed for even me.
I started from the outside edges in. (Usually I work in a layered approach from far to near view).
As I got a clearer picture of what I saw in my head, I kept adding details.
It felt rough on the edges, but still very clear to me. SO I proceeded.
BLUE…BLACK…GRAY tones… added some contour and space to the piece.
Here’s the piece almost halfway through (few days later). As you can see she is starting to look like a girl. lol haha.
She’s feeling more playful too.
In this last image, you can see the next level, closer to completion. I added more layers, and more details all about, continuing with the vintage-esque twist on her.
Refined the girl, refined the edges, feathered her skin tones.
Added some shadows and by now getting a feel for the direction this painting is taking.
I think she turned out magnificent. And resonates the feeling & message I wanted to get across!