Reclining nude (unfinished)

At my life-painting session on Saturday, the room was crowded, and I found myself painting the model from this somewhat awkward angle. A bit racy!  I considered just painting a portrait, but her face was pretty far away, so I thought about how to make a full-figure study that would be tasteful. I decided to use lots of soft edges, for a blurry look. Our instructor also suggested I emphasize the light on the figure against the very dark background.

At the very end of the session I started sketching in the pillows and drapery supporting her. I'm not sure I'll leave those in; we'll see next week.

 Geoff Watson, "Reclining nude," work in progress, oil on panel, 12" x 16," 2018.

Geoff Watson, "Reclining nude," work in progress, oil on panel, 12" x 16," 2018.