This painting is a new version of a previous painting that was much smaller and done in a vertical format (blogged April 11th, 2006). My friend and benefactor ***** loved that painting and asked me to do another for her new beach house. I was more than pleased to accomodate her wishes. My only reservation was in trying to recapture the feeling of the first one. But I like the results very much. Here are photographs of the progression of the painting from the earliest stages. The canvas size is 30 x 40 x 2".
I made a number of changes to the original composition as you can see. The one thing I tried not to change was the expression on the girl's face and shape of her head. We agreed that we wanted to recapture if possible the sweetness of the wistful gaze.
My friend's daughter worked awhile for the designer Vera Wang and she loved the retro bathing suit. I think they were made of wool which would be very warm in our northern waters. Even I would love a bathing suit based on the design of this one.
As you see, I more or less finish one area before moving on to the next. I work this way as a result of working similarly in watercolor where you had to get it right in a single go. So now it feels natural to me.
The first Collector was an encaustic collage but this version will hang above a fireplace and so we ruled out the wax. But by keeping the colors softer I think it gives a similar feeling. I would not recommend wax above a fireplace.
This is the finished painting with transfers and lettering. It took me approximately 5-6 working days counting one day where I painted out and redrew the entire image. During this time the e-mails have stacked up again. I am halfway giving up on answering everybody.