I decided that the skin tones on the figures in the painting looked far too alien and not human enough. I toned down their skin and made them more seem like ‘one’. I wanted that sense of intimacy to be the main energy of the painting. The profile didn’t seem right either of the woman’s face. So, with the help of some ‘proper painting music’ and Jackson asleep for a while, I fixed that and while not anatomically correct to the letter, conveys the energy I wanted it to rather than the alien look it was putting accross before.
I’ve begun adding what will become some of the flowers at the bottom of the piece. I had left some white spaces but found that the yellow went over the darker shades of the block background quite well. I actually didn’t even notice I’d left one block completely bare. Can you see it?
I’m actually happy with the faces like this. Even though the man’s lips are darker than hers it just looks right to me. Mind you, I say that now and next week it’ll be completely different. The joy of working with oil is that it doesn’t dry straight away. I can change my mind later this afternoon or even tomorrow or the next day and fix it to look differently.
Will have to be back to knitting now as I wait for this layer to dry…or can I add just a bit more tomorrow? We’ll see! Watch this space!