Do you know the feeling to be an actor on stage performing a drama but missing the crucial turning point?
Reworking an older painting. It*s a scene showing the main characters of the drama “Woyzeck” from Georg Büchner. Main theme is the dependence of Woyzeck on authorities, leading to loosing his lover, jealousy and murder.
We see Woyzeck himself here, eating peas while taking part in an experiment of a ruthless physician who let*s him eating peas as the only food.
Just finished. Oil and gouache on canvas 120 x 160 cm. It*s always a surprise when getting the feeling everything is ready. I did not expect the end so soon. It happens almost always this way.
One of the siblings, the sister. She is looking at you while her younger brother is fascinated by the little soldier. the moment the siblings are discovered by someone?
Now working on the left siblings hair, hands and head. And one hand of the other one touching the neck. The underlying layer of gouache still visible on the right side of the face.
Working on the clothes today, adding ultramarine to the color composition. This clothing looks like an old-fashioned sailor suit. There has been an era when people have been proud of their profession. A member of a guild did wear a special kind of clothing.
Now using goauche again to further refine the two siblings in the foreground. This technique is old-fashioned and has been used by the masters of the renaissance. It can produce a certain impression of deepness. Next step will be covering the remaining gouache-only parts of the work with a thin layer of oil color …
Adding strange details to the buildings. A cushion made of marble and traces of smoke on the pillar.
Entering the twilight zone, magnification is added to the toolbox now.
Until now I only use white gouache, black ink and black chalk.