Saturday, January 9, 2010


The thing I enjoyed most about doing this painting was picking out the intricate pattern on the blue robe. I can have difficulty generalizing complexity in parts of a composition, but in this case it was necessary. I wanted to bring attention to her face and torso, and not so much to what she was wearing. I used a variety of brushes and hues, and just flicked or dabbed the marks to represent the floral motif, and it seemed to be enough. I also liked how her leg fell abruptly into shadow, forcing attention on her well lit torso. Sometimes these strong contrasts can be distracting, but in this case there was something intriguing about it.
oil on linen panel, 8 x 6 inches, 2010


  1. Charles,

    Happy New Year. The blue Robe is VERY striking and the mood and light are just magic.

  2. Charles, you've outdone yourself. Lovely.
    May I echoo Frank above, Happy New Year. May this year be a banner year for all.

  3. I notice that her eyes are blue. That brings a
    mood or feel, different than expected.
    Not that I expect anything, but when you say you want to bring attention to her face, I wonder.. why the blue eyes?
    This painting has mystery. I love a mystery!

  4. love this painting Charles. congratulation, the light on the figure is very good,so is the blue robe cheers ,keep with good work

  5. Just found your blog and I love the way you handle the light in your paintings. I'll keep coming back to see what other wonderful work you are up to :-)


  6. The light you create is phenomenal.... what an awesome gift you have.... your work is beautiful!