Aims and concept: My aim and overall
concept is to paint a nude largely from my imagination but using bits and
pieces from a variety of sources - much like my life really.
First I paint my primed canvas (52" by
52") with a thinned mixture of cobalt blue , yellow ochre and prussian
blue and raw umber to deaden any strong hues. I allow this time to dry
then draw my arch with chalk and a piece of string. Next I sketch the nude
in charcoal . See below...
Not entirely happy with the arm positions.
I start my alterations rubbing out existing charcoal and applying more.
I combine this with the application of light washes until surrounding forms
begin suggesting themselves. Note alterations of hair, left arm and right
shoulder. For the moment I will let my nude sleep ... and glaze quickly with a very thin
eggshell (stand oil, spirit and varnish) mix to set the design.
When this is dry I find my white chalk and begin applying
highlights. Chalk is excellent for this purpose as it can be easily removed
or painted over with little danger of it having a permanent presence. See
below where my rough highlights are done in chalk.