Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Red Tendrils


Drawn this morning, from life.

The tendrils have their genesis in a faded blue tattoo the model had on her upper arm and under her left breast.  I think the swirls may have been intended to represent octopus arms.

I have considerably enlarged the swirls, colored them red and made them envelop her form.

Pastel and Tombow marker on sanded paper, about 9" x 12".

15 comments:

  1. It is the abstracted quality of your life portraits that draws me in. I love how you compose the shapes and then use color to help move the eye.
    Lovely work as always Jean!

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  2. I completely agree with pamo art. Your recent work has a vibrancy that I love.

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  3. And envelope her you did! Not just tentacles, but bright red ones. Very dramatic, yet she looks calm.

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  4. She has a powerful presence based on the drawing. The bright red enhances her place on the page even more.

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  5. This nude is very beautiful!!!
    Very good!
    Ciao from Italy

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  6. I like this...your colors are exceptional...so very different!

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  7. Everybody is right. Your use of bright color to accentuate the form is brilliant. The addition of color to your strong figurative drawing elevates the nudes to a higher status. Really excellent Jean.

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  8. Beautiful nude Jean. I love flash colour and body forms.
    Ser you Jean

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  9. Thanks, Pamo.

    I'm having fun playing with these drawings.

    Thanks, Margaret.

    Thanks, Banjo. Yes, much calmer than if the tendrils were real. Then we would be in horror movie land.

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  10. Thanks, Anthony. I'm glad you see power in this figure.

    Thanks, Evelin, and ciao from Austin.

    Thanks, Chieftess. The pastels are really helping with quick color application in crowded and poorly ventilated art rooms.

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  11. Thanks, Linda. Hope you are having fun with the grandkids.

    Thanks, Blanco.

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  12. I love this - the limited palette and the way the light falls on her - just beautiful.

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  13. Thank you, Pointy Pix, and welcome!

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  14. The red tendrils convey a sense of movement/motion and I like that.

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  15. Thanks, Paula. They definitely entwine the figure.

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