Painting drapery well, whether it is bed sheets, clothing or curtains relies on two elements; accurate drawing and good value control. Without these, the painting becomes an exercise in frustration. This is one of those times when rushing in without a plan seldom works. A detailed drawing on toned canvas was done on Friday night, ready to start work on this weekend.
Drapery always looks intimidating and complex and many people steer away from it, but like most things, if broken down into individual sections, and with a value map to guide me, it becomes much more manageable.
This painting is 12" x 12" oil on stretched canvas. Its at the stage where I have the shapes and values in, now its time to add more detail and make adjustments to bring it to completion. I had titled the painting Empty Bed Blues, then realized there was an 1928 song from Bessie Smith called the same. Does that mean I need to change the title?