The Smoother Skin, 2018 began as a figure study on prepared paper. This is the third state, after toning the paper. There was a two-hour drawing then manipulations with sprayed water, medium, spray paint and pastel dust. Here is another view – “artfully” shot for instagram – that shows some detail of the manipulations.
Finally the finished piece below that will be on display at the Barrett Art Center New Directions 2018 exhibition in Poughkeepsie, NY October 5 – November 17, 2018.
The Smoother Skin, 2018 Mixed media on prepared paper, 29 1/2 x 42 inches. The rich layer of pigment in this piece, along with the ghost images of the earlier drawing with just a hint of anatomy seems almost nauseating juxtaposed with the faint skull imagery and the lush coloration of the torso and the shiny gun.
Home Grown 3 began at a figure drawing session around the same time as The Smoother Skin. A similar pose but very different handling of pastel and medium done on prepared paper. This image shows it at a third (or fourth) state with at least two figure studies and manipulations with spray medium, spray paint and pigment. The two figure studies I recall were one male figure and then a female figure.
Then we get a completely different figure study. The drawing is flopped and a new clear but obviously flawed drawing emerges.
Finally, after the drawing is manipulated further with medium and pigment the finished drawing: