This is a painting I'm just doing for myself - been YEARS since I did an oil painting for no other reason than to just DO it! I must do more! This is just about done I think. Will look at it again tomorrow and decide...
I guess you are a professional & I am an amateur . This painting is not done yet ; I find her hand & arm too maculine , too much masculine work affect on you ? maybe ? I can see that she is not a fragile women , but still ..and what disturbs me on that painting is the left of the woman ( the right of the painting ); why did you do the grey background after you are done with the woman ? When I first opened this painting it hit me like old
paintings , " very well done " I thought & it is . There are so little paintings that I would like to hang on my wall & this could be one . I also , always plan to paint pic. with different windows . But you must do something about the left background of the woman . It is like you painted it , then I came & completed it very untalented:S
You are right - it's not finished yet. And I'm also unhappy with her hand, which is still at a rough stage. I don't mind the rey background though, and it was really all an experiment, trying something with negative space and a composition that breaks the rules. I'm not at all sure it works but I'm glad I tried something different.
I can imagine only now , that you don't mind the background because you knew already you could do it as perfect as the rest of the painting but you preferred not to mind . I should understand the mind of the artist before . I am curious to see the final state of the hand . I love hand & foot drawings & paintings ; very special lines & veins & shape of muscles .
Personally I'm unimpressed by perfectly feminized features when doing a woman, or equally with masculine figures. Coming from a scientist's perspective, women range from various levels of hormonal development and a beautiful woman with remnants of masculinity in her appearance are incredibly real and appealing to me. We can turn genes and hormones on or off, mostly without consciously thinking it, and a rough life with more demanding activity can show in the appearance of a beautiful, naturally estrogen pumped female. Gorgeous. The other aspects of the painting did seem more of an experiment, and aside from that grey on the right having too many distinguishable lines and patterns that cause a lot of distraction, I love it. I say go with the hand! (the thumb nail could use work, though. It's a bit too distorted by contrast)