Cecil was one of the first drawings that started my spell of noveau-esque girls this past month. And though she was the first I didn’t think of re-doing her into a full finished piece, she seemed to be content the way she was.

I got a call from the ARTycaf last Tuesday asking if I had any works to contribute to an exhibition, it had to be under $100 and it had to be in by Thursday! The day before I had just sent 4 works to Townsville so I was fresh out of new material and couldn’t really think of anything old I was happy enough with to hang. I decided to make a new one for them.

I was thinking about doing Blue Thumb again but taking out the nudity but it didn’t feel right, that’s when I thought of making a finished drawing of Cecil.

I had lot of trouble with the right side of her neck. The angle of the photograph made her neck look odd.

Apologies for not getting a decent scan at this stage. I only had to complete her as fast as I could so I didn’t have the time.

I thought the blue and purple hair was a bit flat so I added some yellow highlights to give the hair more form. I didn’t get a scan of her when she was finished either! I was too worried about the mount board and getting her ready.

Here she is with the rest of the works at the exhibition. Please go see her in person at the ARTycaf, corner of Queen St and Elyard St, Narellan. The exhibition will run through to 30 November 2011.


2 thoughts on “Cecil”

  1. This is lovely, and much more interesting than the original piece. I think you’re redevelopment of it is brilliant. I adore the flowers that you put in her hair.

    But somehow this particular image feels restricted by the colored outline in a way that Blue Thumb and Glass Peonies Rising do not. Those two, along with May and Ursula have a sense of motion and fluidity that want to see in this one. I want something to break up the edges of the image.

    In Blue Thumb, the hair’s movement does this. Ursula also has fluid hair lines that accentuate the curve of her neck in beautiful ways that give the image a lot of life. May has a lot of vitality from the brushwork, and the imagine in Glass Peonies Rising has flowers branches to push the edges of the line. The first time I saw the peonies image I was shocked and delighted at how you had defied the general lifelessness that comes from an outline. I think its gorgeous and I’m rethinking what I expect from lines.

    Cecil is a beautiful painting and I’m a bit hesitant to leave this comment because I don’t know you or how you’ll respond to it. I want to be very clear that I enjoy your work and that I only wanted to offer a gentle critique on a technique that you seem to be exploring. I think you’ve been doing wonderful things with it and I’m excited to see what else you make.”

    1. I completely agree with you on the outline. While doing all these outlines I never really thought about it. I just wanted it to make sense and not disrupt the tone of the piece.
      Not much time was spent on Cecil, to tell you the truth. When I did the thing for Sophia I originally had an outline planned, it was in the study but her hair ended up being too soft. Cecil’s hair had a similar feel but I wanted to put an outline in anyway and see how it turned out.
      Martha, thank you so much! I’m really happy that you can honestly tell me how you feel. Please don’t hesitate in the future, it helps me grow!

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