I decided to call this "Naomi Red" as I am just about to start a companion painting called "Naomi Gold"- a title I used on an abandoned picture from a few years ago. I love red in paintings particularly in figurative ones and have usually struggled with it whenever I do one but I thought that I would give it another try. I am currently exploring the possibilities of parts of a picture fading into a colour or tone and thought that I would try it on a figurative piece (something I rarely paint these days). I wasn't quite sure how I was going to do it on this one and I just decided to wing it and see what I came up with - I quite like it but as ever still basically dissatisfied with the end result. it's OK...
The lovely Naomi Wood is the model (as usual!) and is based on a photograph I took of her some years ago. I always intended the darkest part of the picture to be her eye but shied away from using a cold pale violet mix for the highlights and went for a cool yellow instead; with the predominance of red the basic palette is pretty hot so the concept of cool is relative hence a pale yellow mix being used for the highlights in the end.
Oil on mdf 12" x 12".
There is a short progress through this painting including what colours I used in previous posts on this blog.