Sunday, September 7, 2008
The Birth of Venus
I have just completed this study in acrylic on board (11"x16") of one of my workshop students. I thought that I'd just start to rough paint without laying down a prelim. dark or middle tone. I went right into the eyes, and nose, and mouth crude and rude. Why? Just to see what would happen, after all I'm working with an opaque medium unlike what I'm used to with watercolors. Ya need to plan somewhat carefully with watercolors, so doing this portrait willy nilly was kinda fun! When I was finished, I looked, cogitated, and said to myself..."self, this looks like a woman I've seen before. This looks like Venus in Bottecelli's (spelling!?) famous Italian Renaissance painting. By golly and gee wiz, I think I'm correct in this. What do you think?