HOW TO PAINT PATTERNED CLOTH

This painting was started as a technical exercise: painting patterned cloth.

(the skull was added to give the painting content, you know, to “put meaning into the work.”)

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My approach was to paint the pink cloth; then the patterns.

But it looks like the patterns were painted over the cloth, like they are a separate entity floating above it.

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Enter glazing – using transparent pigments to work into the shadows.

The problem with glazing is that it’s easy to go too far. The glaze gives the shadows incredible depth (as I mentioned last week). I’ve been working slowly, painting and then wiping it off again, desperate not to overdo it.

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There are one or two folds I’m still not happy with, but this painting is almost finished.

This phase of the work is so frustrating – almost, almost, almost there.

But not yet. Not quite.

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