Summer Encounter, Oil Painting
Dozing, Oil Painting
Abandon, Oil Painting
Summer Dalliance, Oil Painting
Windsurfer, Oil Painting
The Pink Towel, Oil Painting
In the Shallows, Oil Painting
Cooling Off, Oil Painting
At the Deep End, Oil painting
"I interpret the beauty of the male figure in oil paint, becuase for me it is the most striking medium. It also enhances my brushwork, which tends to be strong and thick, and then complements my choice of colours.
Previously, both the colour and tone of my work was more realistic, but for this exhibition I'm now working with a warmer palette. This has permitted a freer interpretation of the subject matter, especially in the paintings of torsos and genitals, which are faceless and without personality.
For me, these are abstracts, and I create them with intense sweeps of the brush. And it's that very brushwork with its manipulation of paint and colour that excites me, such that the subject becomes secondary, almost incidental - until I step back to take a wider view. This switch of lighting technique permits me to convey a certain softness of personality in the figure.
Chiaroscuro, the effect of light and shadow, is another consideration when painting figurework. This is the inspiration for "Dozing" and "At the Deep End". Whereas for "Innocence", with the naked figure gently removing his Speedos, I emphasise the shadows of the sand dunes in relief, rather than those of the figure itself."
More Artists at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Art
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