Elegant Dame

©Susan Snipes
“Elegant Dame”
Acrylic, graphite, pastel powder, wax crayon on panel
12 x 12 x 0.75 inches, framed at 14 x 14 x 2 inches

I build underpaintings with multiple layers of thick paint followed by gouging, sanding, and glazing. The initial surface of this painting was so beautiful and complex I left it as-is for weeks while I pondered how to realize the potential of the surface.

When I was ready, I added adelicate cloud puff drawing to this richly worn surface, and accented the cloud with powdered color and drawn stitches. Aged, but still graceful, like an elegant dame.

This painting is part of Susan’s solo exhibition “Potential Energy”.

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