It’s hard to be subtle.
For some people it’s harder than for others. If you’ve read or looked at my blog long enough, it probably goes without saying that I am one of those people for whom it is harder.
I like contrast. I like color. I like my coffee black and biting. I like death by chocolate. I like action and some sort of drama. I like puns. It doesn’t get much less subtle than that.
But every now and then, the ability to employ delicacy and a light touch seems very appealing. To work in a restrained color scheme… To describe modulated emotions through understated action… this is a skill worth working at. So I undertook a picture using primarily a few shades and tints of a single gray hue.
This is me being subtle:
How did I do?
The picture was inspired by a photograph by my beloved Diane Arbus. It was listed as “The Flower Girl”.
The misty and mysterious mood of the picture was captivating, but I wanted to take it in a different direction. The Rabbit King (from the previous post) needed a companion piece. So I just started copying the Arbus photo into my sketchbook in pencil. Somewhere along the way, a snippet of twisted narrative entered into the mix, and this is the painting that it became.
We’ll leave it at that for now… just let the subtle beauty of it kind of “seep” in.