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A Touch of Red
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A Touch of Red was inspired by Bouguereau’s reputation of giving his models a porcelain-like skin. The hint of complexity added by introducing the reds in the face pulls the viewer in to the bewildered model who she herself feels stuck inside her porcelain skin.
Personally, I’m not a fan of giving every single last detail about why I do what I do and for what reason in every single last painting so I’ll keep it short (for you, not for me – I could talk all day about this). But with that being said, what I’m most concerned with when building a painting is the emotion it can summon up from the viewer. Building a beautiful painting is like building a beautiful house, everything needs to be calculated and studied. From color to anatomy to composition everything needs to have been thought about and played with.
While creating disorder is like watching it slowly decay, making it worse, tearing it down, throwing what the masters learned and turning it on its head. You can’t appreciate one without the other. Everything beautiful needs to accompanied by dread and vice versa.
Allowing something a little different into our worlds could never be a bad thing. I think a little more of that would do everyone some good.