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