Working hard for the Discerning Eye exhibition. I have reached a stage with Head on a Plate (as I call it) where I have to put it to one side in order to begin work on a new picture. I have not finished the painting – there is still work to do on the background and one or two other finishing touches. But time is short. I’ve got to press on.
The new picture, much like the one above, came out of an idea I had staring at a bust in an Antiques shop. There is some sense of life even in a marble statue and painting makes it possible to reveal it in an almost magical way. I hope!
Here is the early work on the painting.
I’m pretty sure the bust I am working with is (or more strictly, was) of a Roman emperor. But I’m not sure which one. I want to keep the coldness of the marble but add a lifelike milkiness to the expression. Not sure how it will turn out at the moment. Anyway, it’s coming on.