Wednesday, 23 October 2019

imagined portraits and more

I've painted several monochrome portrait series over the years but I don't think I have used the square format before now. These imagined portraits measure 10.5cm x 10.5cm so are quite small, however they each have their very own personality, light and shade. I work without reference to any particular painting or photograph but these are inspired by historical pictures of the past. I have a particular interest in early to Edwardian photography, and the way it differs from the selfie of today, yet there are some similarities. I do believe we are still attempting to appear enigmatic, timeless and somehow tangible, in a world that often makes a woman feel invisible....

I paint imagined portraits in various ways - my sketchbooks are inhabited by hundreds of tiny visionaries and everyday folk. I've been including my tiny sketchbooks in recent still life paintings and I've written before about how intriguing it is to reinvent your own work again.

Here is Violas and Virginia Woolf - of course featuring paperbacks by the author with a tiny sketchbook inspired by her characters, a vintage ink bottle, feather and paint...

Also in my shop update today is another window sill still life. Enjoying the possibilities of these.... There's just a hint of autumn colour here without it being any particular time.

These and more in my update today at 7pm UK time

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