The woman’s casual pose and flowy, off-the-shoulder top gives this painting a relaxed feel. I painted it in a limited palette of titanium white, yellow ochre, alizarin crimson, and black. Amazingly, the mixture of ochre and black create the allusion of green with the absence of blue on my palette. The green appears more green with the warm, red skin tones contrasting next to it. The only color I left fully saturated is the fleshy pinks in her feet, elbow, ear and hand.
Little Rock native Kristen Hess has been taken captive by the rich colors and thick textures of oil paints since 2005. Her work combines the effect of light on her subjects with expressive brushstrokes, creating movement and depth in her pieces. Her representational style along with an extensive background in drawing come together with the atmospheric colors of the impressionists to create paintings that capture the emotion of the place or subject.