The Open Window is 8 p.m. in my Hours of the Day series. A woman relaxes in her bath, reading a book (Oedipus Rex). Outside, two little boys rustle through the bamboo, mesmerized by the scene before them. Is she aware she is being watched? Posed by the same woman who appears in the 5 a.m. birth painting, one of the boys is the very same child who was emerging from her in that image. Perhaps it is another Sophoclean tragedy in the making.
This painting embodies so many feelings that any boy would have and it’s done in a way that makes my head spin. It’s just like Stephen Cephalo said below, “I could look at this forever, and it seems to change as I watch it. New things keep popping up!”
I think she knows shes being watched…. You can’t rustle through bamboo without making a lot of noise… But she has the bath on still, which could be loud… Hmm…
Facet 6 has a more in-depth discussion of the technique involved here. I painted the flesh under the water using a different method than the flesh above the water. It’s the only time I’ve ever done that.