This roundism oil painting is quite different from the last roundistic one, called ‘Singularity – 23-12-21’. Whereas the latter was all about the use of shiny colors, the experiment at hand has another color range. Maybe I felt I needed a change from mother-of-pearl and metal paints. That was fun too but to me creating art is all about the process of finding something new. Of late I have tried out some different, more expressionistic color schemes like the combination of greens and reds. Such resulted in a colored pencil drawing ‘Risque – 18-01-22’ and an oil ‘Risque – 13-12-21’.
Especially the latter I like, not in the last place because I made that one in a couple of days. The Singularity painting took me half a year. Even though I like to have some big projects in progress, some medium sized paintings are necessary too. They enable me to try out new things and speed up the process of painting. Not that speed in itself is a goal but to prevent myself from becoming too shy and prudent. Painting only high-end surrealist works full of details is a mighty craft but won’t evoke the daredevil in me. Therefor I put myself the task of completing this one in three days. I almost managed to do so. Half a day in addition.
And why not crank up the volume of oils? After all, I made all these graphite pencil drawings I still consider prestudies in some sort of way. These A4-sized drawings started out as doodles waiting for my students at Brugman Art. Actually I am amazed by the fact I sold so many in the past. Anyway, time to lay them all out to be put in oil. I happened to have bought some new paints. I felt I kind of got stuck in the same kind of color schemes all the time. So I bought some lovely earth pigments like Schmincke Pozzuoli earth and Pompeian red. I combined them with Old Holland nickel yellow and yellow-brown. As cool colors I used Rembrandt Sèvres green and combined black with ultramarine to get a deep dark tone. It serves as a ligament throughout the entire painting, welding all colorful parts together.
The result is quite surprizing but I like it. I think I will do another one with these same colors. The portrait by the way evolved into a slight resemblance to Romy Schneider. One of the most beautiful women I have ever saw. Is that a coincidence?
Oil on linen (60 x 80 cm)
Artist: Corné Akkers
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