The sketch in Salamba Sirsana (head stand) is the body balancing symmetrically on the crown of the head and arms very unlike the 1950’s pinup girl De Kooning likes to depict. The sketches also show how daily influences such as the Bhava yoga deeply inspires new understanding of the body mechanics. This new understanding has brought a new sensitivity into how I draw and paint females. It is amazing to find how our daily life affects painting or the arts in general.
The sketches are influenced by De Kooning in that they depict the pushing of the energy in the postures that these woman are in.De Kooning made numerous preliminary studies then repainted the canvas repeatedly, eventually arriving at this hulking, wild-eyed figure of a woman. An amalgam of female archetypes, from a Paleolithic fertility goddess to a 1950s pinup girl, her threatening gaze and ferocious grin are heightened by de Kooning’s aggressive brushwork and intensely colored palette.