By Ande Finley
Start with bright colors bold, black strokes. Notice the eyes on the blue side of hazel make them aquamarine dazzling, intense. Outline the face oval, skin that loves sun exaggerate the Slavic bones the maternal mouth large, open, vulnerable. And there the mother’s hands blue-veined, knobby flying, busy blurs and her frame, full-breasted, small-boned the ample hips and thighs of the Langbaum women sketched in slimming black. What colors are feisty? Scarlet with a hot pink border or magenta with lime green. Maybe a tinge on the cheekbones, the nose tip, the cleft of chin. Stubborn would have a shade like dark mustard and harden fast along the edge of the shoulders. And don’t forget desire with its dense, rough texture. Try the palette knife, applied in thick, scented swirls down the long neck, the bare taper of back, the full lips, the generous rear. Picture the soul floating in diaphanous white, a vague speck somewhere in the left corner an enormous mass in a distant galaxy.
Copyright Ande Finley 2010