January 2021. Acrylic on canvas. 14 x 14 in.
This work also is painted over an old image, this time without a lot of texture but resulting in a faintly warm, unevenly white surface that has its own intrigue. I began the figure improvisation with the burnt sienna, then the black, followed by a lot of looking and eventually revisions in black, or white, and more looking. I’m very happy with its final balance and proportion, and the richness of the white flush with variations in value and temperature. Very different than working on a perfect white surface. All these different white surfaces have their attractions, but the distinctions among them carry increasing significance for me.
So much to learn. Lifetimes’ worth.