11”x14” sketch pad paper, and coloured pencil. Image is photographed.
Susan is a dancer (actually, we had the same dance instructor, which is a fun factoid) and so she has great body knowledge and even for a long 90 minute reclining pose she has a way of making things dramatic. I mostly start my coloured works with ochre or other pale yellow, and you can see how I just barely began to sketch in the overturned stool that she used as a foot rest. But I decided I really like the floating effect created by not drawing in the prop. It reminds me of a hot summer day by the lake, when it’s so hot you can’t help but start drifting off to sleep and gravity loses all meaning to the mind.