The Ice Bath

I have now made it a rule that I will take the last month of the year off from commissions, as much as possible, and make some paintings or drawings just for my own satisfaction. These might be strange ideas that have come to me that would just never be commissioned or revisions of previous artworks that I felt I could improve on.

Last December I returned to an old Leg Show illustration which I thought was a great idea but had always felt it did not hang together well and looked unfocussed.

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The Ice Bath (original version)

There were too many elements vying for attention that I felt it needed recomposing and sorting out. So I asked the stunningΒ Ms Rebecca Knox to pose for the profile one day when she was here in London.

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The Ice Bath (revised version)

So this is the revision. You may wonder why bother if it is already done – and half-way through I did to – but I do think it is an improvement on the original now. There are quite a few small changes but the most significant is the main light is on her face and human flower pot stand in the background is brought forward for contrast.
I found a buyer for the painting almost immediately.

Well, you choose which you prefer – both have their own qualities.