Darryl J Hembrough as Philosopher King. Oil on old canvas board. 42 x 60cm.
This painting was created using four colours over two and a half hours.
I thought his contemplative atmosphere made him look like a Philosopher King. The colours chosen were a modified version of the Zorn palette. The background was painted in dark blue grey. Then warm white, crimson lake and Paynes grey were put over the top. Almost all the paint was thinned with walnut oil put on with two size filbert brushes then an old sock and dry brush was used to move the paint around the canvas board.
The painting feels like a breakthrough.
Thanks to the great John Close for the Zorn palette insights and tips on technique. His Friday night classes are well worth experiencing. See more here https://www.johnclosearts.co.uk
Daryl is a joy to paint and likes his scars being shown in the finished work. You can find out more about him and his art classes in Bristol here https://www.facebook.com/bristollifedrawinguk
Here’s the painting without the Frans Hals frame and on a chair in the art centre. You can see how bright the red walls are in the background. Plus an earlier portrait of mine with Darryl again playing the King.