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.
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…
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.
Now to make decisions about how much of the figure I realise behind the ‘canvas’ and how much I leave out…
More fine tuning. Putting on/taking off.
And finally… I decided the ‘canvas’ needed defining rather better.
A glaze seemed to work:-
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2015 & 2016 Paintings selected for 'Cumbrian Artist of the Year' Exhibition.
2016: LEITH SCHOOL OF ART (EDINBURGH) Figurative Painting Prize.
2017 Paintings selected for Lakes Artist Society Summer Exhibition
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