The figure

 

Putting on - 30cm x 30cm

‘Putting on’ – 30cm x 30cm – oil on canvas – £295

Muted colours for the heavy, still tired time in the morning, a whole day ahead, but what better way to start than with bright red stockings. I particularly enjoyed putting on the vermillion.

Morning - 7 inch x 5 inch

‘Morning’ – 17.5cm x 12.5cm – oil on canvas board – Framed – £210

I wanted muted blue in this one, for the time just before the light comes, the warm colours are for the warm body, and the warm blankets.

After the bath - 17.5cm x 12.5cm

After the bath – 17.5cm x 12.5cm – oil on canvas board – SOLD

Framed – £210

This work is ‘after’ Gustave Caillebotte, a contemporary of the Impressionists. His original painting is just so stunning that I made a sketch whilst in the gallery, and then adapted this work from that sketch, in the studio. I wanted to impress the contrast of  warmth from the bath and the still wet, now cool skin.

Cold shower - 7 inch x 5 inch

In contrast this is ‘Cold shower’ I wanted to make the colours and lines hard and cold to make the painting itself ‘be’ cold. In so doing, it looks a bit different in style from my other work.

Avocado suite - 12.5cm x 17.5cm

Avocado suite – 12.5cm x 17.5cm – oil on canvas board

Framed – £210

The sketch was taken from a Pierre Bonnard painting, it has turned into a cool green, contemplative bath time, imagination taking the bather anywhere, away from the rest of the day, away from the avocado suite.

 

Green nude - 17.5cm x 12.5cm

 

Green nude – 17.5cm x 12.5cm – oil on canvas board – SOLD

Framed – £210

Inspired by another twentieth century painter, this time Edgar Degas, who made many pastels of women at their toilet, private, simple moments, made beautiful. I wanted different greens in this painting, I always think it is a relaxing colour, rather than an unlucky one.

 

Ophelia in the bath - 40cm x 50cm

 

 

Ophelia in the bath – 40cm x 50cm – oil on canvas

Unframed – £535

To finish off a series of works describing the previously-painted bathing nude,  I painted Ophelia, but in the bath. This tragic character from Hamlet who drowned herself in a river, was painted by John Everett Millais, one of the Pre-Raphaelites painters, in 1852. The original painting is full of the crisp detail of river undergrowth, flowers in the water, and of course Ophelia, with sodden dress billowing out around her. The model was Elizabeth Siddal, who was to becomes Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s wife, she posed for Millais in a dress, lying in a bath of water, heated by oil lamps from below, from which she caught a cold.

The pose here is specific to the Millais painting, and the bath is the connection, but there is no tragedy in this particular work, I wanted to turn it into something far more mundane.

 

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