Ingrid and I don't often work together indoors; her preference for natural settings mirrors my own, and usually we just try to pretend winter doesn't happen. In this case however, she asked if I wished to come over to her place, and build on some of the work we have done recently with skulls.
Digital original, 2 frame stitch
I most often find colour works best when it is subtle; in this case, the
slight colour of the sheets behind Ingrid emphasize her skin colour.
The shallow depth of field focuses the image on the skull and hand, but
the colour completes the image.
I don’t often include much context with my indoor Nudes, but in this
case, Ingrid’s wall of plants seemed the perfect setting for this
portrait. The light, coming through a single window, was just perfect, especially on her face, set against the cascade of spider plants behind her.
I am still completely enamored with the beauty of bone and skin, and would love to do a whole series of different skulls and models...the only real issue is quite obvious...where to get the skulls. For now, I will content myself to work with the small number Ingrid has, and the one bovine skull I own.