Analysing a simple painting with Photoshop
|Back view of J|
14 x 11
This is a pose that I've wanted to paint for some time and when my model showed up with an ultramarine blue dress and navy tights, it seemed perfect. The continuation of colour through the body to the feet create a graceful, unbroken passage that's simple and descriptive with no need for further development to make that area make sense.
To see what I mean, have a look at this Photoshopped change.
|Photoshopped leg colour|
The simple silhouette of the figure called for an equally straightforward setting, so I stuck with big shapes in the background, only relieving them a bit in the lower left. That's the edge of a purple, Mexican rug, and allowing it to have some diagonals not only served to repeat the shape of the legs on the right, but also gave a sense of stability to the pose.
This Photoshop experiment shows what I mean. I turned the diagonals of the rug into a horizontal. Notice the tippy, unbalanced feel to this one; as if she'll easily slide off the canvas to the right.
|Photoshopped background on left|