This painting is essentially a study in drawing, texture and edges. I guess it is also a study in when to stop. This painting took me about four hours, but I could easily have spent six more on it. What grabbed me most was the dramatic position of the model and the folds of the cloth. There are so many values in the cloth and different textures. Transparent in places and very thick in others.

 

 

Gesture study, oil painting on linen, 10 x 8in

I am beginning to enjoy much more painting people and still life. Also I start to realize that the painting is not necessarily about a certain subject but rather an arrangement of color shapes. And they can be very beautiful whatever the subject matter is.