Well, I’m happy.
And Fitzy’s happy.
So, that’s good then isn’t it!?
The pictures are finished. The “Tarse” and “Fitzy Living flame”. And they look good together, I’m happy to say, so that last week of me brightening tiny areas of colour, increasing tone, and keep putting the two paintings side by side to see how they looked as a pair has really paid off. I’m delighted. Its been three months of hard work, on and off, in the production, and I think Fitzy and I had a few weeks of discussion before that before I even started the painting. But he tells me he’s thrilled with them, and that’s what matters! That means I can relax, with a warm feeling and content smile, and know I’ve done a good job on them. And I also know that the finished painting is far better than the original working painting. There are more subtleties in it, and the flame is more fierce around the body. I think it adds more to it because of it, especially as its a man in the painting, it makes it more masculine and strong, I think. My favourite bit is the bum on it – the way the bright colours add form and interest.
I’ve shown the “Fitzy Living Flame” here on its own, and also along with the Tarse painting so you can see the comparison. They are bright and beautiful, vibrant and strong, and although the “living flame” style of painting is subtle it stands strong against the bright and vivid abstract of the Tarse painting. And it certainly didn’t when I originally *thought* I’d finished it! Of course the canvas’s also bring out the colours of the acrylic paint, which you can see when you look at them in real life but they look slightly muted in these photos. They are painted on box canvases, and I explained to Fitzy that the paintings go around each of the four sides of each painting which I think gives it more of a 3D effect when its hung on a wall. I also had to put an “optical illusion” in the “living flame” painting. As you can see the painting stops just below the knee, if I had carried on the natural tapering of the calf, the picture would have looked like his legs were “pins” and would have looked really silly. So, I had to carry on the calf at the same width when the image carried over the edge to give it more substance. No one would notice particularly when its hanging on the wall, but it would have screamed out as a glaring error, if I’d done the natural taper.
And just as a matter of interest, to me anyway, I have shown two women friends, on two different occasions this week, the two paintings, and asked what they thought, and both liked the “living flame” painting best, particularly the bum on it (!) and NEITHER could see that the abstract was a “willie”. Not at all. Now, that interests me, and delights me. That was exactly the response I want – the shape IS hidden! YAY!!!! I’ve done it!!!!!!!!!!!!!