Sometimes working from life presents a unique set of challenges. In portraiture one of the most problematic is what to do to the painting when the model’a appearance changes? This can be caused by haircuts, changing make up or in this case the dreaded flu! In a typical English winter, more so in a drafty old art studio, flu is bound to strike artist and model at least once. So, over the three weeks of sittings for this portrait the flu developed. I found that it added another dimension to the portrait. Increasing the number of breaks and working faster…
Portrait of Clive, 120x70cm. Oil on canvas.
Three studies of Clive in different aspects. Charcoal on paper (42x30cm), oil on brown paper (16×11″) and oil on canvas 42×28″.
42x30cm oil on (varnished) paper. 30 minute small scale study of two models.
One hour oil study sketch of Bernie sleeping. Using a low view point, painting from a kneeling position with Bernadette high up lent a new dynamic. As I was kneeling my right foot kept going numb at the same time as Bernadette’s arm, giving a synchronisation to the artist-model breaks.