Atelier Robert was really humming yesterday and probably did my best work in the morning. At the end of the day (9 pots of jam made in the early morning) I thought I had finished all four Christmas gifts. After all our party guests had gone at 11.30pm I went to check on the fourth and realised that one eye needs attention and the whole thing might need more paint!
Today I will post poor little number one, F, who has had so many reworkings he is almost worn out. When the likeness becomes too important the painting suffers. Anyway, I have learned a couple of things from the whole performance and will reveal them later…
As I said, poor little thing! He would never had stood for all this, or sat for it.
The early drawings are a better likeness than the painting. I have also been working from b&w photos, to encourage my tonal vision. Just concocted that name – sounds awfully like tunnel vision doesn’t it?
Oh well, onto finishing Mr W, number 4.