After The Bath Grayscale
Drawing - Charcoal On Paper
The bath is a place where there are many tasks, but unlike the demands of the workplace and chores in the kitchen and laundry room, these tasks are delightful.
There is the matter of drawing the bath, finding the perfect temperature. There is the soap to choose, candles to light, towels to arrange, a book to safely prop up until until the tub is full.
Afterwards, there are many little affairs demanding our attention – the hair to brush, and if it’s long enough, to clip out of the way. The nails to polish. The gentle massage of the face with oil or cream. And sometimes, the task is to sit in the silence and the calm and watch the flickering of the candle flame. There is so much time to think, to reflect, to deeply breathe.
It is all good, all relaxing, all deliciously pleasing because the pampering is a quiet and calm indulgence that need not be hurried. Indeed, should not be hurried.
The artwork, After the Bath Grayscale is an invitation to slow down, to relax, to close our eyes and simply enjoy a moment – many moments, actually – of harmonious peace. A young woman sits upon an elegant curved chair and leisurely looks for a hair clip. Her entire body is relaxed, as is her mind, and she is rested, refreshed, mellow.
The air is warm and moist, redolent of scent from both candles and essential oils, and the moment is perfect. Simply and incontrovertibly perfect.
Why rush that?
After the Bath, Grayscale, is an alternative version of After the Bath, also on this site. The non-grayscale version features a background of beige, with tones that lean toward cream and hints of pink. The grayscale version (this one) is more distinctly black and white, leaning toward cooler tones.
Both celebrate the gentle quiet of the bath.
Featured on 18 Fine Art America groups.
February 25th, 2021
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