A painting in only black & white

A painting in only black & white: I've uploaded a new painting and an explanation for it here under the painting entitled Milk in the Recent Work 'room'. Please have a look, and I'd be very grateful for any comments you care to make.

I feel inclined to continue this experiment during the run up to Art Trek which is approaching - click here for my personal space for more details. Actually, it's not true that it's only in black and white - the pigment I used was Payne's Grey - a very dark grey but I don't think this altered the overall effect.

Emma
- 14 September 2017 at 12:08pm

I like the black and white. Though maybe its because I like drawings so much. Would I like it more or just as much if it was a drawing? ..quite possibly. Though I am distracted by her massive breasts..they seem a bit unfeasible! xx
RM
- 14 September 2017 at 12:08pm

Massive? Do you really think so? Have to say, they seem maternally proportionate to me, but as nature intended I do assure you. I'll send you the original girl, so you can see.
Hester Berry
- 14 September 2017 at 12:09pm

Hi Richard, lovely painting. Lovely texture and tone. I'm doing a lot of life studies at the moment too. I won't be in Devon for a while, so I think I'll be unable to come to any of the Art Trek events. I hope they go well for you though.
Andre
- 14 September 2017 at 12:09pm

Have had a look at your recent work. I like some of the stuff going on in the background ie strange shapes, the weeding painting for example. And march/hot picture is amusing. I like the model/red basque the simple style almost modigliani is good. The daffs are good too especially when you compare the 2 pics I prefer the more subtle one but find the way you painted the others extraordinary, vigorous & dynamic quite aggressive in fact. Milk is strange in black/white. I tend to prefer your paintings that are direct & on the money.
Samwise
- 14 September 2017 at 12:09pm

I'm not so struck. I prefer your interpretation but even so its sits uncomfortably with me. Why? Is it too challenging for some reason? What do you want people to see when they look at it?
RM
- 14 September 2017 at 12:10pm

What do I want people to see in the pictures, or maybe that one ‘Milk’ in particular? Well, believe it or not, it was not about the girl – she was merely a fascinating object to improvise upon (I hope she wouldn’t mind being used thus)! So another object interrupting light, and then for me, on this one, a technical chiaroscuro exercise. I don't suppose 99% of viewers will give a damn about that. They’ll just see a girl or a pin-up. Well, I'm sorry about that – so be it. Beneath the image, you may find other references if you will: milk relates to the whiteness of the cup, its contents and the saucer, milky highlights on the breasts – which are of course primarily milk producing glands, and that it is a colourless fluid, so I used colourless paint. Done laid on quite thick without brushes.
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