Here it is – the unveiling, at long last! You’ve waited a long time to see her, but I wanted her to be right before I showed her to you.
As I said recently, I wasn’t happy with the original acrylic painting that I did a couple of years ago. It just wasn’t “right” somehow although I couldn’t work out the reason why until only a few weeks ago, it was just an undefined feeling about it. So, I decided I had to change it because I couldn’t live with it in the state it was in! The decision was made – it needed to be overpainted in oils. Big decision, but certainly the RIGHT one, because as you can see in the new painting, it is SOOOOOOOO much better for that change! I’ve put both paintings here so that you can see the difference, and even I am amazed at the difference in the two paintings of the same subject matter. Whereas the acrylic painting is harsh and has sharp colours and tones, the oil painting is just so much softer both in colour and tone, and in blending the paint. The woman blends into the background better, and is so more softly sensual for being in oils. She oozes sensuality for me now. Her skin colour and tone is far more realistic. Her breast has more weight and shape to it, the nipple is more the focal point and is aching to be caressed, I love the line down her spine and particularly I love the soft shadow at the top of the crack of her bum. Her buttocks are round and inviting, and I ADORE the lost and found edges of her right arm, the way it merges in the soft light of the background and disappears behind that gorgeous curve of her back. I much prefer her hair in this picture, its more realistic, and the way you can JUST see her fingers under the hair as she runs her fingers appealingly through it. And you probably can’t see from this photo but there are subtle fine splatters of white paint around her bum, her hair, and her right arm, so the viewer is aware that there is a little movement there, she’s just shifting slightly on her legs which has moved her bum abit, so then you think well what’s that right hand doing, the one you can’t see fully. What’s she up to? And is that why she’s moved her bum, shifting her weight on her folded legs. Is that ……..why…………….?
And that is one of the reasons I’ve renamed the painting too. It was originally called “Without a care” because the thought was the woman in the painting was “carefree” but now it’s not enough of a title. I wanted a different one, a better one, one that summed up her voluptuous temptress pose and after a while I came up with the new title – it’s “Naked desire” and I much prefer it as it’s far more ambiguous!
Well, I for one think she’s gorgeous (but then I’m biased!!) ……..what do you think?