Making some headway on this portrait of my friend Josette, a talented dancer. After a shoot at my studio, we sifted through hundreds of pictures; I was captivated by this pose, the dramatic lighting, and the poise and grace in this transition between steps. I've used light washes of acrylic to create semi transparent passages for the wood grain to shine through, contrasted to the heaver, more opaque shadows in the front leg and back. It's been a delight to paint on a Sunny Sunday afternoon in the studio while catching up on my podcasts :)
Reblogged from Demographic of One
Hi friends! Months ago, The Float Shoppe gifted me floating sessions (in a sensory deprivation tank) so that I could explore my inner imagery and express it pictorially post float. I have a body of work up at the Shoppe, featuring paintings inspired from the void, from throughout this year. This Tuesday at 7pm, I'll be having a reception; come by and say hi! …Tea & wine!
(For those who aren't familiar with sensory deprivation: "you step into a quiet, warm, private spa called a float tank and lay back on water in which 1000 lbs of Epsom salts have been dissolved. The water is more dense than the Dead Sea. This means that, after normalizing to the silky water, you will have no tactile input on your skin and no pressure points running along your body. You will be fully supported, and you will expend no physical energy to maintain your position in the water. The water is kept at a constant temperature of around 94.5 degrees, which feels warm at first but soon becomes almost imperceptible. The line between the air and the water becomes blurred. When you choose to turn out the lights, your eyes can rest in a comforting darkness that is the same if you open or close them. External sounds are kept to an absolute minimum through extensive soundproofing. Creativity can be vastly heightened—it is very common for floaters to dip into a theta state, which we normally cross briefly as we fall asleep. This waking dream can be a wonderful place for spontaneous creative inspiration." (TFS)
— at The Float Shoppe.