The process of finding the right figure in the right pose to make an image that transcends it's parts is very difficult. I personally like to have a focus or main subject. Like a figure for example. Now you need to have the pose figured out. Sometimes I get a pose and figure I like but whatever I put around them just doesn't work. My solution to this is to literally go back to the drawing board. Of course the "drawing board" for me is also called the coffee shop where much caffeine is consumed.
The initial idea was to leave in the actual chair my model , Roggie , was sitting. I thought it good to put something mechanical that the viewer could relate.
I decided to take the chair out anyway. Here I was more focused on the pipes originating from her head. Also, I began exploring what might be inside the pipes. Later on this knowledge might be useful when looking at other paintings as folks familiar with this work might begin to wonder what might have been inside pipes in earlier paintings and what is in the pipes of newer ones. I base a lot of my things on structure and depict them in three dimensional way, so I think about how they are built, what they might be made out of, etc.
Adding more figures, variations on composition, still no chair.
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JUNE 15, 6-10pm
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