Now, this painting is still not finished. It has no title and though it has themes, they have not completely coalesced. These images are what has happened so far, after each session. The model was painted from life. See the sketches and studies for this work in the previous post.
These are the workings behind a major as yet unfinished painting of a seated life model. The square canvas has been worked on for a while; in spare time, on the tube or between design jobs I’ve been making notes and doing odd sketches to try and find a way of making th work something really special. The large amount of red paint on he canvas has given it presence; now it needs elements to make it work.
Sometimes you have to make presents. Here’s a Christmas present, a calendar which has been tweaked to fit its recipient. Using some new felt pens and some Pritt Stick, jockeys have been added, some more silly than others, all with silly names.
David & Bathsheba – surely Bathsheba and David! The title is a bit of joke. Acrylic and pencil on paper. The artist in the background is called David (though no lust was involved and he is not a king), plus, the pose is slightly like the Rembrandt painting, without the ogling, or the sadness. The pieces of paper on the ground could be the letters in the Dutch masters painting. The blue material could be water… that’s pushing it a bit.
I decided to make a bit of promotion, in the January edition of the great World Of Interiors. It was very pleasant to be placed at No.1. As for the painting featured, I’m working on the next portrait in the series, which I’ve very happy about.
Here’s what it said: 1. Trevor Mill is a London based portrait painter. His work is figurative and mostly oil on canvas. He is adept at group work as well as solo portraits, really getting to the heart and soul of the sitter. Trevor has had 4 solo exhibitions and a steadily growing group of regular patrons. He has a special facility painting portraits of historical figures such as Winston Churchill. For larger work, the patron also gets a book on how the work came about, including sketches and photographs of every stage of the painting. See more at trevormill.com
It seems a lot of work is consigned to be a mystery due to the prevalence of Non Disclosure Agreements. Here’s a medical illustration job that I can now show in part at least. It works as details without giving anything away.
The King. Acrylic, pencils and pastels on paper. About 4 hours, 1 and a half with the models, the rest spread over the week in 1o minute bursts. The challenge was to create a new world around the model, not just the life drawing room. Perspective grids, old sketches and my imagination were thrown into this work. I’m not sure the painting has a message… maybe I’ll find out later. The eagle was and it’s colouring has something to do with His Dark Materials and an earlier work about swans being angels in a Dante-like heaven, which I painted around 15 years ago. There’s a bits of Giotto and Max Beckmann in there as well.
Some details of the final work.
Some of the sketches and influences around the work. The horse made it look to much like Lord of the Rings…
3x man. Pencil and acrylic on paper. 3 15 minute poses with the acrylic added at home using colour from the main work.