Life Drawing. Here’s Looking At You.
Here’s looking at you. Oil on canvas. 90x90cm.
This probably the last painting I’ll make in the wonderful life room of the Mary Ward Centre, Queens Square, London. Friday nights will never be the same. That large, purpose built space has been one of my favourite places on the planet for the last 8 years. Mary Ward are moving to Stratford, which is understandable but a shame.
This painting is over an old work of mine. I covered the canvas with plaster and coated that with gesso.
There were two live sessions with the model. I found a spot behind a fellow artist, the perspective it gave and the trope of artist painting artist painting model made the composition work harder than normal. On the second session the lady artist didn’t turn up which was a shame, in the last minutes of the time I had an artist quickly take a photo of me in the pose.
In the next few sessions at home, the lady was morphed into a self portrait, colours were changed and the composition tweaked. Finally some art within the painting was added.
Previous stages a photo taken outside the Mary Ward Centre and reference material.