The Mysteries. Oil on canvas. 90cm square. I think that’s pretty much it. The ideas behind this work were: • To make something on a very red ground after doing a few paintings on very blue backgrounds • To make a work that has some of the power of the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii; what is happening? in my painting I don’t know either • To make a painting that isn’t like any other • To make the sitter look in control of the situation
It’s taken a while from the original work at the Mary and Centre to where the painting has ended up. Now what to do with it. It dominates any room you put it in.
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.