Acrylic on stretched canvas
24 x 36 inch (60 x 90 cm)
This study examines the sweeping flow of a backlit figure viewed from behind. This figure just happens to be Charon the ferryman of the underworld. The fabric of his robe is painted to be of a thin and transparent material, allowing the smoky sulfurous yellow green light to shine through, highlighting the anatomy underneath the robe.
I read somewhere that green was the “most hated color on the artist’s pallet” and the hardest paintings to sell are those which use a lot of green. This paining uses only Hooker’s Green permanent hue and Cadmium Yellow medium in varying amounts. Both the green and yellow are very transparent colors, so I did end up using a bit of titanium white to add a bit of opacity where needed. There’s no black used in this image, just many layers of Hooker’s Green.