THE MAKING OF…

I’m continuing to develop view through old leaded window panes but now, for this page, for something different though you can perhaps sense the influence. I had painted a portrait in oils of my friend the artist Peter Evans. Unfortunately I had allowed him to go to sleep so the resulting image was hardly flattering! I had taken a range of photos and sketched Pete at different times so decided I wanted to make a painting that would also happen to be a portrait…but express something of his meticulous artistic approach to still life.small pete 1

The beginnings. After numerous sketches – thumbnails and full size. Pete painting, utterly focused, almost cross eyed. I wanted to somehow convey the idea of the viewer looking through the board/canvas to the artist at work.

How much should the ‘board’ cover? How do I convey my idea?

 

 

Needed to try out various options…

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Sketchy outline of the still life – keeping the figure sketchy behind the ‘board’ but adding to the reality outwith that area. Pete lives in France and incorporates a lot of old wood in his paintings so the blue shutters seemed ideal as a backdrop.

 

More to follow…

 

 

 

More items in the still life.

Thinking the jar with marbles needs to be less developed, more subtle. At present it’s a little too distracting. I had painted the ‘Ricard’ sign on the main iconic bottle…but that also proved too obvious and, I thought, distracting  – so I subdued it.

 

 

 

 

Better!

Now to make decisions about how much of the figure I realise behind the ‘canvas’ and how much I leave out…