Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Christina in the Shallows

Christina is a model who often sits for the Houston Civic Arts Association, being as she is the niece of one of our artists, and comely to boot. She's been painted by some very famous artists, and of course by my own self on several occasions.
She was hired this day by Bill Kalwick and as I described in yesterday's post, courageously braved all kinds of uncomfortable conditions to hold a pose for us.
Since the day was gray, I presented all of my light areas using cool versions of my colors, saving the few warms for the few true shadows. The only real shadows in the whole scene were around the head and shoulder area. All the other "shadows" were really just filtered light and therefore still cool. I did use a warm tone to keep it from being too freezing cold. I applied it after she was already posed so I was worried that the wash would contaminate the colors; it was raining, which means the paint would stay wet. For that reason, my application of paint was somewhat thicker than usual but I very much liked the way it described the feeling of the scene. I hope you like it too~ thanks for visiting. 


  1. This is lovely Kim! I can feel the wind and smell the beach! That is true art, withstanding unfavorable conditions and creating something so beautiful!

    1. Thank you, it does seem like you end up liking your painting and the people you painted with even more when you go through some kind of challenge to get there! I miss you!

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