Welcome to a blog in which you will find examples of my work in two areas and comments on whatever topics come to mind.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Oil on Canvas 18 x 15in (46 x 38cm)

The lady cogitates, wonders whether to apply a touch more white lead, noticing herself older today than she was yesterday morning, before the ball..
Why paint the past? -- In this case merely because an old print of an 18th century pencil sketch of table and lady came to hand and I started on the drapery, thinking it would be a good exercise in dealing in colour with the folds, highlights and shadows, and of course texture, rendered in the drawing.  Once started, I felt obliged to provide a setting; and this became in the end quite elaborate.  Other than that, though, I could equally turn the question:  Why not paint the past -- at least occasionally?. 

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