the Gestural Figure
The human condition is what we have. From parties to pathos the gestural figure can portray its layered meanings and mysteries.
Painting the life model’s short poses with watercolor or acrylic on paper, canvas, or board presents interpretive possibilities. Working quickly from poses that are difficult for models to hold for long periods of time, I capture the essence with grayscale brushwork. Sometimes the simplicity of sensitive brush contour makes the statement. Sometimes figure layered on figure then developed with excessive color and pattern has surprising results.