Ever feel like you want to tear off your clothes and go swinging? Me neither, really. My latest commission, however, pushed me in that direction when I was tasked with painting a “fun and whimsical” naked plump lady. When skin is bared in paintings, it usually looks so serious, so given the conditions of my assignment, I wanted to make sure my subject provoked more chuckles than it did deep thoughts. Being on a swing has always elicited a carefree feeling for me, so that’s where I took this lady.
Technically speaking, this painting was another great practice in working from my imagination rather than a photograph. (If you Google “naked portly ladies” you don’t generally get images you want to paint. Certainly not “whimsical” ones.) Whenever I paint without a reference, I’m always reminded how much I take for granted when I’m using something in front of me. Shadows, colors, proportions…they all become so tricky and I second guess myself more than I paint at the beginning. As this composition came to life (and it was my second attempt on this canvas), though, I could feel myself getting more confident with my decisions. As ideas come that don’t have a tangible model, I hope to get a lot more practice at using my the inner images of my INFP brain, and this was a fun project to encourage those gears to move.
Happy Hump Day, guys!
PS: Please forgive the low photo quality…I’m researching some professional scanning solutions and/or better camera options. If you have any suggestions, let me know!