Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bobbie


Bobbie was a great model. She had a lovely, calm presence. We were remarking on how still she stayed, and she said she is an artist and also a meditator. But she still let out a big sigh of relief on every break.

This is alla prima done from life yesterday in about 2.5 hours.

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8 comments:

Marian Fortunati said...

Wow... This is stunning. All in 2.5 hours???
Absolutely wonderful!!

Jala Pfaff said...

Thank you, Marian! Yeah, the class is technically a 3-hr. class, once a week. But when you subtract all the model's breaks and the setup and everything, it's maybe 2.5 hours. My instructor calls this the Adrenaline class.

bonnieluria said...

She's beautiful and painted with so much freshness.

Jala Pfaff said...

Thanks. I was really pleased with how she came out.

Karen said...

Apologies if this ends up being a duplicate post...not sure if I actually posted my comment before.

Anyway! I meant to say that I too think this is a gorgeous piece, and I was hoping you might share how you created the background area, which is so so beautiful with the head.

Jala Pfaff said...

Hi, Karen--I just checked out your blog, and I LOVE your turnip paintings (are those turnips? I mean, is that what the veg. is called?)!!
Thanks for your comment about Bobbie (this portrait). About the background: starting with a white canvas, I mix up some green and raw siena with some turps, and just do what one would do to put on a large-brushed, drippy wash in watercolor. Do you know what I mean? If not, let me know and I'll try to explain it better. :)

Karen said...

Hi Jala, Thanks for going over to my blog! Yes, I get what you explained about the wash...I just love the looseness of the drips left coming down around the more defined handling of the head. I'm really fascinated by this lately, the combination of loose and more focused.

Jala Pfaff said...

Hi Karen! I also love the contrast of focused vs. looser in artworks. Thanks for noticing that--cheers, until next time. :)