I worked from a low viewpoint to create this life portrait of Kit. Sitting on the floor and painting can be quite tricky but also fun. I enjoyed working from the same eye level as the model and used a limited palette of lemon yellow, titanium white, burnt umber, alizarin crimson, cadmium red and ultramarine blue.
The painting developed from a life drawing of Lucy, seen from above. The drawing was a good exercise in balancing on a box as well as drawing from a high view point. Something about the drawing reminded me of flying and so it seemed natural that Lucy developed wings in the pairing. Rather than being in the studio sun lounger she is transferred to a textured dreamy space. I limited the colours to reflect the initial drawings limited graphite colour shades, but I added in the bursts of bright yellow. The painting will be on display at Tanner & Co….
Study of Jessica in profile, charcoal on paper, 42x32cm. Jessica- oil on canvas.
Portrait of Clive, 120x70cm. Oil on canvas.
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.
Inspired by the current Matisse exhibition at Tate Modern, the set up includes ferns cut out of cream paper on a turquoise background. Lucy’s hat matches them and her peach summer dress stands out wonderfully against the fabric. This is an oil on canvas, 38×42″. Displayed as part of the Heatherley School of Fine Art end of year show 2014.