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Women In Spring, 2008, 24.5"x18", 62.2cmx45.7cm, oil on archival 150 lb Waterford paper
Sweeping paint, Zen-like. Let image emerge. Only now I sought to include detail, painted lines, concentrated effort. I wanted the women, who are one woman, drawings from one life drawing session placed on the same page, to be colourful like tulips in the garden. The figures appear in varying stages between painterly and a reliance on drawing, and I don't seem able to move away from that. I outlined boldly in paint tonight, resisting the urge to use coloured pencil, then wasn't sure, then knew that from across the room there would be more definition. The final criteria - can I live with them?The grouping; the way they create the space around them; their relation to each other; the view they allow the viewer; some emerging out of the washes of colour, or disappearing into...
The fecund forces of Spring, who can define it?
-Toronto, May, 2008
Women In Spring - Brenda Clews Women In Spring, the 1st of the Women In The Seasons Series, 2008-2011.
These paintings are composed from sketches from poses in life drawing sessions of 3-10 min each. You'll see figures repeated in the series.
Outlines. Lyricism of the human form. In-between places. Playing. The sensuality of bodies that become landscape, the colour of flowers. Fluidity, colours of the seasons. Rhythms of drawing and painting, line and planes of colour. Figures in oils disappearing into, emerging out of elemental colour that washes over white. White that remains as beautiful thick watercolour paper. Dance with the figures in their painted incarnations.
See all four paintings at my website: http://sites.google.com/site/brendaclews/different-yet-same