The first thing I noticed coming into Jeff Hein’s studio was that the jungle was gone and replaced with a blue sky and distant hills.  Jeff is playing around with the idea of opening up the sky around the figures of his painting but still have trees around and above them.  The adult figure stands out a lot more, and is more of the focus I noticed with this new change in compositional elements, but it will remain to be seen how Jeff develops it or what he keeps or discards.

Jeff also worked on part of the dress of the child,   slowing working his way thru the maze like subtle color changes in the folds.  The dress has a lot of browns of various temperatures and colors in it, and I noticed that he was scraping off his  palette when he had a lot of paint on his palette  and asked him why he didn’t save it, or reuse it for the rest of the dress. He said that he only allowed a certain amount of  paint to be on his palette mixed. To much of it and it would take that much more paint to change  into the many subtle temperature changes that the dress was calling for.

I was astounded at his ability to see those small subtle temperature changes, and then again that he would record them in his painting so  painstakingly accurate. What I thought was interesting was that he briefly painted over the arm of the child in a  direct wet on wet application so that it “matched” the child’s face in temperature and color.  He was doing this just to see what the  overall effect would be. Satisfied to a point, he  then wiped it away, and left the warmer dry base painting there.  He told me that he was just being impatient with his progress, and had been curious as to what it would look like.  Jeff would later, with the model present, work on the layers of her arm with the warm flesh tones showing thru the top layers while building up brushstrokes and textures in the light flesh tones.
He was also considering today whether or not to warm the child’s face, or cool down the adults face eventually, but Jeff was going to wait till the background was in more to determine which would be best.

One response to “Subtleties

  1. Beautiful evolution of a painting…puts my work to shame! Enjoyed learning that
    in moments, Jeff gets impatient too….and/or he is also willing to risk
    by experimenting with curiosities. Way to go Jeff!

    The close ups of temperature shifts are
    wonderful! Thanks.

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