Sunday, October 18, 2009

Elly in Stripes

I couldn't resist the stripes. This is actually a dress, and she looks quite striking in it, but I felt that all those stripes in a painting might be too much. The cropping allowed for a zigzag movement through the arms that finally focuses on the face. If you study the pattern of her dress you will notice that it is subtly complex, consisting of not just black and white, but also two shades of gray. Elly is a gifted model, in part because she requires little direction. She seems to naturally find inventive yet elegant gestures.
oil on gesso panel, 6x6 inches, 2009

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