Saturday, 17 May 2008


Over the last few weeks I've been painting from the model in the studio.

This has been a very welcome return to a discipline that I consider vital as a painter.

It is also a fascinating and challenging process, which I aim to persist with.

The photographs above show the painting I've been working on as it developed from the start (top picture) to the finish (lower picture) of the session on a particular day.

They illustrate the difficulty of working on something which can appear very simple, but is in fact rather complex.

Some of what I liked about my painting at the start of the session has been lost by the end, but the painting is not yet finished - and my aim is to bring this back without losing the qualities I like in the later, lower picture.

It is a fine balancing act.

You can see in an earlier post here that the pose has changed somewhat. When we first started this painting the model's body was much more turned towards me. As that turned out to be an uncomfortable pose for the model we adapted it so that she was more turned towards the pillow. This meant that she could pose more comfortably, and for longer.

Each week the model re-adopts the pose. There will of course be subtle differences. These may be, for example, the elements of the model's body - the placing of the knee, the tilt of the head etc.

This is no reflection on the professionalism of my excellent model - but there are so many variables that such differences are inevitable.

Light will also be different, as will the placing of the material and backdrop. I make strenuous efforts to mark places and positions, such as drawing marks on the sofa on which the model is posing, in order to get the pose as accurate as I can each week.

I'm looking forward to our next session, when I intend to bring this painting to completion.

1 comment:

Border Reiver said...

Just dipping in and glad I did, good to see postings of work in progress, both charcoal and oil. Will look forward to the finished work.