Whilst painting the femme fatale portrait, I realised that it wasn't quite working. The aim was to create a more ‘free’ painting – having some areas with detail and allowing other areas to be simple lines or marks. My brain seemed to take over and proceeded to fill in what it thought was ‘unfinished’. Due to the confined space; I was not as able to observe my work from a distance so the proportions were all out (head too big). I have decided that the photo I am working from is far better than anything I could paint and I believe it can and should exist as a piece in a right of its own.
I thought of different ways in which I could communicate my ideas and came up with the idea of creating a triptych, one of her face, one of her breast and the other of her hand holding the banana. I wanted the quality of the paint to be quite rough and playful. After painting her face I realised, again, that the photos were far better than anything I could paint (paint wouldn’t add anything to the image) and I decided to display two photos of bananas either side of the portrait, one unpeeled and the other unpeeled with a bite taken out.
Inspiration that I have been looking at. For the original idea I was particularly inspired by the lines in the top right and how some areas were detailed and others areas not so much.
For the triptych I was looking particularly at the the quality of marks in the top left image. Unfortunately I couldn't find the artist.