Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sturdy Women

I'm continuing with gusto on this 'Ladylike or not' theme. I'm inspired by my very favourite painter Paula Rego. Her narrative paintings are populated with sturdy women who all have substantial calves and thighs. I will never be willowy or waif-like and these paintings where I omit nothing, every shapely element is included and these images still work. I do not need to shave off any 'unslightly' ounces of flesh to make them interesting or acceptable. I am thoroughly enjoying working in this way it feels very refreshing. Also the fact that I am painting on cheap parcel paper is freeing, I am not feeling the trepidation of the glaring white page.

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