Painting a woman’s back

A sensual and luscious painting theme, which can be created with as many painting styles as there are. A theme that allows a lot of creativity due to the beauty it contains. A simple subject but at the same time complicated, because the muscles of the back have many lights and shapes that must be understood so that we can paint them well. The most difficult thing is to make the smooth volumes of the muscles without looking like lumps. Paint the vertebrae, the spine, and the directions of the muscles hidden behind the skin.

But this post does not talk about how to technically paint the back. It is about thinking about this pictorial theme. The back of a woman symbolizes many ideas. First of all, the woman cannot see you, as she is looking away from the viewer. Second, by being able to see her body, the theme adds all the sensual and pleasure connotations that a woman’s body brings. And also, the posture, what the woman does, other aspects of the portrait and the scene, all these aspects will add an extra symbolism to the painting.

THIS IS A COLLECTION OF EXAMPLES WITH GOOD PAINTINGS WHERE A WOMAN’S BACK HAS BEEN PAINTED

Observe in these paintings what ideas the painting inspires you, the composition chosen by the artist, and relate it to what surrounds the woman in the painting.

Christoffer Wilhem

Espalda de mujer pintada por Christoffer Wilhem, clasicismo
Woman’s back painted by Christoffer Wilhem. Light and chiaroscuro highlight the muscles of the back.
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Paint Freedom – In search of maximum expression

Painting the feeling and the state of freedom is one of the most important themes that can be found in the world of painting. Freedom is a very broad topic that connects with all people. In addition, there are many types of freedom: social, political, religious, of expression, sexual, etc.
Looking for some paintings to see how the idea of freedom has been represented in the history of painting, I have come across many old paintings that speak of specific historical moments. Freedom has had to be conquered for centuries.

One way to represent this idea of freedom is to paint it as a figure, often a woman. The two most famous symbolic representations with a figure representing “Liberty” are the Delacroix painting (with a woman and the flag) and the Statue of Liberty (a woman with a torch).

On the other hand, heroic actions, historical events and other scenes with human expressions are also ways of painting freedom.

In this post I present some ideas related to the idea of freedom, allegories and ways of representing the idea of freedom.

1- PAINTING THE FREEDOM OF SOCIETY

Society and people have the right to be free, to have a social well-being and to be able to decide for themselves their life and their future.

Painting titled Liberty Leading the People, by Eugène Delacroix

La libertad guiando al pueblo de Eugene Delacroix

This painting remains, in my opinion, the best artistic representation of the concept of Freedom. This is a key historical moment, the French Revolution. In the painting itself you can understand what is happening and you can experience the feeling of being free. It is a highly studied, analyzed painting and we can find thousands of explanations about it, but without a doubt, everyone recognizes the female figure as the key to the work, she represents the idea of freedom.

Thus, freedom has a concrete form thanks to this Delacroix painting. In this painting freedom exists, it has strength, it is alive and it comes towards us. A great and wonderful work. He even gives us advice for life: to achieve freedom you have to fight.

To claim this right there is the right to manifest.

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Paint the Joy of Life

Life is too short to let it pass quickly and not appreciate the moments of joy that we can have. The only break from so much work is only provided by those moments of joy that we feel when we are close to what we love or doing what we like. That’s when we recharge our batteries and we can continue. The painting shows us how to remember the joy of life.

Steen, The happy family
The merry family by Jan Steen.


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Paint laughter and smiles

Have you seen many paintings where laughter is represented? Especially the uproarious laughter, and the great burst of laughter. It is not a very common subject, really, but nevertheless it can become one of the most beautiful and necessary subjects. Painting a person who is laughing very happy or painting a whole group of people laughing, or simply a great smile, this can communicate a lot of peace, relaxation, optimism, joy and happiness.

Sonrisa de Jason Brooks

Illustration by Jason Brooks, a very cheerful illustrator who has created this splendid smile on a woman’s face and large sunglasses. His website: https://shop.jason-brooks.com/collections/original-artworks

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Confirm yourself as an artist – self-portraits painting

Painting a self-portrait where we represent ourselves making the art that we like the most, serves to generate the positive energy that allows us to continue working as artists and to generate the good luck of being able to continue creating the art works that we want.

painter Rousseau

“Le douanier Rousseau, Jungles à Paris”, Rousseau’s self-portrait.

That is why, throughout history, painters have made multiple paintings with themselves painting, with the painter’s easel and the canvas next to him, the brushes in the hand and a favorable environment for the realization of the work. It is also a kind of therapy or go within in oneself, since we generate the image of ourselves in the artistic activity.

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Contemporary solutions for painting music

Searching for contemporary painters who paint music, I have found various solutions to the challenge that supposes the representation of sound, music and rhythm.

In this post I share my studies on this subject, how contemporary painters dare to paint pictorial themes related to the world of modern music.

concert music

Painting of a Rock Concert by Larry Wall. Imagen source.

The first thing I find when I search in English for “Painting music” is the website of Phillip Schreibman: Painting music

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Painting music – In the antiquity

The visual representation of music, sounds, musicians and singers, throughout history has always been linked to the musical style, and also, the instruments of its time. It has been an important topic of inspiration. In this post we will see music in ancient painting. And the next topic will be Music in contemporary painting.

musicians and dancers.

Pintura egipcia con músicos y bailarines.

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Vasili Kandinsky, the representation of sound and music

One of the most important ideas that Kandinsky sought to represent in his great work was the music and the sounds. This is how he expresses it in his written works where he adds “the spiritual”. This “spiritual” is closely related to the “abstract thinking” that humans carry out to understand more things.

Dibujo de Kandinsky
Kandinsky composition.

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Painting those who sleep

When we paint a person or an animal sleeping soundly, sometimes it seems that we can also paint what they are dreaming about and the mysterious and internal world in which they are currently immersed. It is an indiscreet glance, we observe when that person is unconscious. But in the world of painting and illustration, it has been used a lot to express innocence and beauty. In addition, if those who sleep are children or beautiful maidens, the idea of innocence is enhanced.

La princesa durmiente, Victor Vasnetsov

Sleeping Beauty, painting by Victor Vasnetsov (1848 – 1926). The tale of sleeping beauty, which has been widely used in illustration for children’s books. Vasnetsov made this impressive painting in his pictorial style.


Here you have a small collection of paintings where the main characters are happily sleeping. Let’s start with Van Gogh …

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Paint the obsessive idea of death

The conscience of death that human have and the idea of what death means is reflected in arts in an intense, deep and painful way throughout history. Without life there is no death and without death there is no life. The two sides of the same coin.

Death by Teodors Ūders

Teodors Ūders drew this work entitled “Death” or “Death” in 1914, a skeleton walking towards the waters. See in Google Art Project.

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