Daryl J Hembrough in Highgate Cemetery. Acrylic on board. A3.
The second of two weeks work (I have yet to finish the small painting from the first week). The background was sketched in before the session started. It came from asking Daryl what he’d like and a chat about the great Highgate Cemetery. I live near the cemetery and have made some sketches a while back (see the gallery below). I’d also made a sketch of a Sufi art photograph, which I replaced the stone angel with. Into this image I placed the portrait from life.
It’s interesting being a portrait class instead of a life drawing class, less flesh and more material, less classical allusions more present day garb.
This was painted at the great life room in The Mary Ward Centre, in a portrait class lead by John Close. I could not resist going there for the last sessions before it moves from Queens Square to Stratford.
Some details from the painting and the two sketches.