After starting the working painting for Fitzy the other week, and not being entirely happy with it, I re-started the second “working painting” soon after and was able to finish it this week. So, since I was happy with it, I now hoped that he would be! So, I sent him the image and awaited the reply………………….
And…………….. He loves it! YAY! So, now I can get on and paint it properly onto the large canvas he wants it on as the finished piece.
It is slightly different to the original “Living flame” painting in that I’ve added a few more darks to this masculine image. The main reason being that a mans body is more “square” than the rounded shape of a woman, and because there are less curves within a masculine body, I had to take away from the symmetry of the image by changing the balance between light and dark, shown mostly as the blue tones and the light yellow tones here. I love the bright colours within the image though, and the use of the bright red in certain areas adds a zizz to the more muted tones. It was also interesting to see how the hands developed, in the original, I did the hands as two different colours and that idea didn’t work at all. This one does though, with the subtle variation in colour between the lights and darks on the hands. There’s also a lot of other colour happening in and around the body, the subtle changes in colour add a lot of vibrant interest to this image. I love it!!
And I love this style of painting. Its difficult to do, but I love the effect of it. And shall love transferring this image onto canvas. It means re-drawing the whole thing on to a larger surface, and it means starting the whole thing again, but now I have the “working painting” to work from, the thought process has gone into the original, and in theory all I need to think about now is the technicality of getting the image to look good on a large canvas as the finished piece.
But, before I do all of that, I have to do a working painting of the first “Fantasy Willie” that Fitzy wants to accompany this “Living flame” image of him. Because the two are to be hung as a pair, together, so the colours have to be the same, or at least not to clash. So, that will have to be painted before I can start the canvas of this painting, just incase there are any changes I have to make to this one before I start painting them both properly. They are siblings, and have to created as such.
Brothers in paint! 🙂
Actually, no, that’s not quite right, they are both studies of Fitzy, so perhaps they are “aspects” rather than “brothers”…………………………. either way, they are connected to each other.