KRISTIN--Oil on Panel.
I like the loose handling of the form in this figure study. Usually
paintings end up being overworked, so it is better to err on the lean side.
The striated panel was a Rubens device to make a panel lively in a way
analagous to a rough linen canvas. The idea is that you paint thinly and the
striations can be faintly seen or at least sensed.
There WAS a Kristin. She did not pose for me, nude or otherwise. But an artist who paints people is not deterred by lack of a model. Kristin was a neighbor. She wasn't especially bright but God more than made up for that; she knew it and probably spent every waking minute developing her natural talents. You could tell she was looking for a husband and a secure life, but how she went through the boyfriends!