I wanted a composition that was both peaceful and yet entwined the figures so we could see the seriousness of their chat. Take out either figure and the composition fails, each woman needs the other. Composition is not just design of plunking things around a canvas. It should also be adding to the narrative of the whole.
While I feel there are plenty of artists out there who may be able to render with paint better than me, I know one of my strengths is in playing with composition…building an interwoven set of pieces to make the whole.
*an egg and oil emulsion is related to egg tempera—in fact the egg yolk used in traditional egg tempera is an emulsion. But here I have used the egg yolk and blended in linseed oil and water…literally threw it all in a blender and mixed the hell out of it. It makes a great painting medium. Gives the paint some aspects of working with oils and also dries quickly as egg tempera does. Fun stuff. I mixed my palette everyday with the emulsion and powdered pigments.