Interior scenes are sometimes tricky. Backlighting or bounced light can make reading form and color a great challenge. Also, some interiors are full of objects and nick-naks, therefore forcing one to make choices about what to select or omit. Then, there’s the logistics of painting in the living room, which may be a “bull in the china shop” type of set-up. However, when all of this comes together, some really nice things can come about. I hope this painting is one.
This was a spontaneous set up one Sunday afternoon. There was no plan to do this at the time and I simply worked with what I had. It shows the figure from the shoulders up, as was intended given the size of the board available which is nine inches by twelve inches. Roz is shown immersed in a book she was reading at the time. She agreed to let me do some studies of her, so long as she could rest and read. So, I laid down a sheet, set up my small easel, put out three colors on my palette with a white and in almost an hour I had this painting worked to the point shown here.