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DEMONSTRATION…“OF CLYDE, HIM AND ME” (“FACETS”) PAINTING

The original concept for “Of Clyde, Him and Me” was to paint a classic male nude with an outdoor background. The pose was to be simple, relaxed and be congenial with the background of a mountain by the sea.

As the painting progressed I began thinking it did not have any ‘wow’ factor.  Neither did it make any particular statement. so I decided to make it a narrative work with me,  the artist also in it.

The mirror in the painting is a beveled one,  with slanted glass all around it which creates its own images.  Since this bevel comes in between Clyde’s two heads (real and reflection) I decided I would put part of my own head in it, thereby placing my own face inside of clyde’s so to speak. This now demonstrates a new relationship between me and clyde.

As the painting  progressed, I felt I needed to push the concept of narrative…push it beyond reality, and start a third figure…another one of the model,  Clyde Sherman.

Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 1
sketched in clyde, possible mountain and sea background.
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 2
started developing torso with thin paint.
   
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 3
worked on face and assured likeness of clyde.
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 4
worked on body, insuring the body has a likeness too.
   
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 5
worked more on torso and whole body.
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 6
added warmer colors to body and worked on the
right foot.
   
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 7
made a huge change in concept of painting. decided to make it a painting of artist and model. so I changed the background having my reflection in the mirror with clyde sitting on a model stand ON a model stand.
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 8
started to fill in the background with just paint and mineral spirits.
   
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 9
painted myself in the mirror.
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 10
went back into the body of clyde and refined values and checked drawing again.
   
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 11
darkened woodwork and developed the left leg more. and started using some linseed oil with the paint employing the ‘thick over thin’ technique.
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 12
dramatically changed the position of myself in the mirror. I am now looking more directly at the model and am pointing at clyde with my left hand to help emphasize the relationship between the model and me. And being a beveled mirror, I also put in a reflection of a slice of my head right next to clyde’s, showing the connection more deeply. I also roughed in a painting on the wall which connects our heads. This is obviously a narrative painting…
   
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 13
here I developed the tapestry on which he is sitting and brightened the easel in the mirror.
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 14
at this point I felt I needed to develop the lower right of the painting, so I decided to try putting in another figure. I wasn’t sure if this would work, so I put some plastic wrapover the painting AND PAINTED ON IT so I could get an idea of what it would look like.
   
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 15
I knew it was a risk making the painting so much more complicated both compositionally and narratively but I felt it was worth the challenge. I had my model, clyde sherman, pose, also, as the second figure, with his back toward the viewer, twisting his head in profile, looking at the other figure (himself.)
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 16
I refined the new figure more by getting a more exact likeness and developing the red shirt which, along with the red sleeve in the reflection in the mirror, helps the red diagonal from the middle of the painting to the lower right.
   
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 17
I darkened the wood of the model stand and the left background wainscoating.
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 18
here the robe hanging on the cheval mirror has been developed further. And inspired by the robe, I put a green and black long narrow piece of material connecting the front two figures by going over the foot of the higher figure and being held by the lower figure on the right.
   
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 19
I am starting to put in the frames of the paintings on the walls and the walls in the mirror. The one in the upper left hand corner is of another portrait of clyde called ‘the country man.’ I am hoping this will help the narrative of the painting.
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 20
the obvious change at this point is putting of black stripes on the shirt of the right front figure, and its reflection in the mirror. I felt it was confusing to the viewer as to why this figure would be wearing the same shirt as the artist in the mirror. Not so obvious is the change of the arm and elbow in the reflection of the nude seated figure. previously it seemed as though the elbow were popping out of the mirror in front of the actual figure. By adjusting values of the reflecting elbow, it now looks in place.
   
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 21
I darkened the tapestry in the lower left and in the upper left, developed ‘the country man’ portrait. I also continued to put in the green and black piece of material which now goes from the artist in the mirror to the two models. here i’m trying to establish a relationship between the model(s) and artist.
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 22
here because I was unhappy with the likeness of the figure on the right, I refined and slightly changed his expression.
   
Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 23
added three more paintings on the walls…the frame of the sunflower painting connects the heads of the artist and model…the other two are landscapes with various possible interpretations.

Christopher Pierce, Of Clyde, Him and Me, demo Image 24
I added the last of the paintings on the wall, the one behind me. it is a right side profile of clyde. the painting now has a front, back, left, and right side view of clyde’s head
   
Christopher Pierce, Of  Clyde, Him,  and Me, demo 25
I decided there was too much red in the painting and made the tapestry on which the Clyde is sitting green. I also worked on the hair of the right figure. I feel the painting is more focused on the figures now, and the color is more balanced.
 

 
 

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