I've added a new feature to The Night Shift called Misplaced Modifiers. I see a lot of unexpected things when I walk through my East Village neighborhood each morning, like this tableau: The boot, the bottle cap and the bouquet. I've recently added about 40 photos and have many more to share. You can access the page by clicking the link just to the right of the "Home" tab at the top of this page, beneath the title. Note: Updates to Misplaced Modifiers don't generate an email if you subscribe to the blog. I will announce additions periodically on Facebook and Twitter!
This figure drove me nuts. A simple young woman, holding a huge Louis Vuitton shopping bag, pretty straightforward. But I just couldn't get it right. Here's how it went down...........
Feeling pretty good at this point. In fact, wondering if I wasn't almost done -- I liked the loose, painterly textures.
But then I got hung up on the face. These blocks are so very small, and trying to get too much detail in the tiny faces frustrates me, I keep trying to simplify and not get too caught up in the details.
She was getting a bit messy:
And her leopard print leggings were not happening. Ugh. I kept painting them and then wiping them away:
So I went back to her face - not too bad:
But I still couldn't get those legs right. I put the painting down for a while, a week or so and then came back to it. It was all very dry (not enough linseed oil) and she looked rather vacant, in addition to her troublesome legs:
So I returned to it later and made some changes. I opted to give her a pair of jeans rather than leggings and altered her face and head, to better effect I think: