Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Work in Progress #4 "The Wood Nymph" (nude) - Graphite and Mixed Media on Film

The Wood Nymph
© Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 8 1/2" x 8"

See finished work above. This is the last of my Wood Nymph, work in progress. The rest of the work is in developing the area under the tree, and the foreground.

I added two more butterflies, then added colored pencil on the underside to all three of them. They didn't seem to have the impact I was looking for so I added some acrylic paint on the front. I also added a bit of color to the figure on the underside with colored pencil and then back to the front with acrylic on the eyes. One of the things that is so much fun in using film is the ability to work both on the back and front of it and in different media.

Above is a close-up view of the wood nymph and foreground. If you look at the first image as compared to the above image, you can see where I was leaving a mysterious light source under the tree on the left side. When I get toward the end of a drawing or painting, I like to step away from it and look at it with "fresh eyes". Putting the work in a different setting, like propping it up in a different room with different lighting, or looking at photographs of it on the computer screen, all help to assess a work. Once again I found myself getting side tracked, having that light area under the tree took away the focus from the figure. I darkened all the underside and brought the attention back to the wood nymph. Her subtle color and her butterfly friends direct your eye to the figure.

This is the completed work of The Wood Nymph. I hope it will be well received. I am currently working on another "unclad" figure with the same theme of the wood nymph. I haven't done the new one as a work in progress, but as soon as it is finished, I'll be posting it here. I'm on a tight deadline and hope I am able to finish it by the deadline of January 15th.

Again, if anyone is interested, here is the link to the Unclad show at Gallery by the Bay in Stanwood, WA. Thank you for taking the time to read about my work. Your comments are always appreciated. I hope you will check back soon.

**When using film, the product is Dura-lar Matte film by Grafix.


Mona said...

Barbara, this is an amazing piece! What is the size? Best wishes with the Unclad show!

Dors said...

I am sure this will be very well received Barbara. It's beautiful. The detail is amazing.
Love it. Brilliant job.

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks Mona and Dors. The work is 8 1/2" x 8". I'm trying to finish another one before I return home. Thank you both for your well wishes. I'm off to the MASF show tomorrow.

AutumnLeaves said...

Forest magic and mystery! So lovely! The stuff of childhood dreams and imagination...

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks so much, Sherry!

DEB said...

Beautiful Barbara! Your work always has an ethereal quality. This one - I guess it is the nymph - evokes an eerie sort of feeling. I think it will be memorable and do well for you in the shows.

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks Deb! : )