Restful Reading on a Sunday Afternoon

Restful Reading on a Sunday Afternoon - Curtis Green
Restful Reading on a Sunday Afternoon

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.

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