Yes that is right – I am down that road again. It is no wonder I have a love-hate relationship with realism. I have this idea and I am struggling with the result. So here is Jenn. From the early stage to now. I actually like the rawness of the original stages. However I am happy with the introduction of the leaves. Although I would love to work on it today again – I am waiting a while before doing so. I have to think about the warm tones on her face. In the photo I am not too happy but when I look at the original I am.
One of the upsides to this summer’s efforts is that I allowed myself the time and the uncritical [at least in part] progress of this painting. In the end I am not too fond of the tightness that has crept in. Perhaps when I revisit this piece I can free the piece.
The Mulberry trees behind the figure are supposed to be an extension of the figure. Right now I think they are a bit forward.