Life Drawing. The Unknowable.

The Unknowable.
Acrylics, pencils, chalks and oil paint on paper.
The pose was so good I kept on going back to this 30 minute study, trying to get it to a state I was happy with.
I’ve been letting this artwork take it’s time. There is a lot of (unessential) work that has been painted over, remnants of colours that you can only see in the outlines of the figure. The fabric was painted over in a Prussian blue oil glaze which soaked in quickly. A little dry brushwork for shadows on the figure and it was finished.
I wanted a state of calmness, a certain floating feeling, an oscilation of depth and flatness. A painting not a life study.
The title is about the model – I paint portraits and get to know the sitter well. With the Friday classes at the Mary Ward Centre, you can have a chat but mostly you have no knowledge of what is behind the features, which changes the dynamic of the image. They are bodies to study rather than people, and I’m not sure how comfortable I am with that.

About Trevor Mill

This is my work. Art & Design. The fruits of my labour. Commissions / projects welcome.
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