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November 16, 2008

Another day of white paint and flour

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I use Cryolan Aquacolor for the body paint, lovely stuff, but itís difficult.

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As painters found for four hundred years, until Ingres came along, itís difficult to lose the brush strokes. So we, unlike Ingres, who used skill and a 400 year learnt technique, use flour, plain white flour.

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This serves two purposes Ė it acts as a mild abrasive, smoothing the white body paint and affectively removing most of the brush stokes, it also creates a wonderful soft dusty texture to the skin.

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On the down side the fine flour plays hell with the camera so Iíve got to be careful to keep the airborne flour in another part of the studio.

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The result is the smooth white flesh tones I have in many of my photographs and more recently in my films.

Iíve written before about why I paint the figure white, and not come to any conclusions. Suffice it to say I just love the look, itís graceful and timeless and is a good staring point to begin to look at the power complexity of the human form.

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Posted by john at November 16, 2008 09:28 PM

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