A little painted sketch that relies heavily on the hue of the toned ground to give a translucent wholeness to the models skin. Painted with a very limited palette of Flake White Hue, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna and Cad Orange, one can see why the cool tones supplied by the toned ground would be ideal for a quick painted sketch like this.
The empty space plays just as important a role in the composition as the actual drawing in this piece, once again utilizing the beauty of 'Yohaku no bi' in one of my works...
I found an article that writes about this beautifully on 'Seattle Japanese Garden'.
To quote an excerpt...
The beauty of the extra white, the space left empty, is called yohaku no bi in Japanese. This is a concept borrowed from Chinese landscape ink wash paintings, where clouds, mist, sky, and water could be left unpainted. Their presence was suggested only by the carefully rendered edges of the surrounding landscape. This artistic strategy resonated with Taoism’s idea of qi (chi) – the formless energy from which the universe emanates.
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