Andrea at the Bikeshop

The Bikeshop. Oil on panel. This is the same Andrea I drew in portrait form.

I particularly like this painting because it was successful as a drawing. The drawing was sketched in on a Rubens-type streaked imprimatura and then painted in with rapid strokes using fairly translucent paint.

Sometimes very little is required to express all of what one wants to say. It is most difficult to recognize that very little. Artists can try to control the quantity of material by painting in monochrome or in one or two colors or adopting abstraction, which, if you read Jacques Maritain, doesn't actually work.