Eva into the light….

This picture was considered finished and I was happy with the light and the intensity of colour in the background. Just one thing bothered me – that was the contrast between the line of the back and the background. There was no nuance of colour or shading to allow the eye to move from one to the other. This being one of the most important elements to a successful painting, i.e. that the eye can move freely around  the picture following paths of  tone and colour. For this reason and also to bring this picture to them same level as a partner piece (Eggman), I began again. One of the most useful things I learnt in Art School was that one must not allow something one feels to be successful in a picture to hold one back from taking the whole work where it needs to go.  IMG_0002

Here is Eva in the first stages of moving out of her intense back-drop into the light.freeing eva

Now again – more light and the change of the hand position


Now todays work – unfortunately with electrical light – a grey day in Provence


The reflections on the wet paint make it hard to see the nuances but the passages of tone and colour are opening up between background and figure. She still has a little way to go but I trust I can bring her into the right harbour.  So that there will be the appropriate quality of painterly considerations to invite contemplation of the existential elements the picture may inspire.  

This is the partner piece – much simpler in treatment, with free passage for the eye to circulate at will.



flowers in progressIMG_0005IMG_0006IMG_0003IMG_0001IMG_0002IMG_0002_2Lia et Eva 13:05

Lia et Eva 13:05lilas peonies power2 peonies rose1:05 IMG_0004 Voici ce qui ce se passe dans mon atelier actuellement – des portraits de fleurs en cours de réalisation. These pictures are all unfinished  – they will be exhibited in July in Saint Etienne les Orgues (Provence) I feel I am at a turning point with my work, there is a loosening that springs from a mixture of growing confidence and letting go of preciousness. Perhaps it’s something to do with reaching my half century – I hope I can follow it through and not slip back into the tensions of the past. white tulipspiony powerpionies digestive

eva detailcolour of her thoughts

eggman evolving

These two (Colour of his thoughts & Colour of her thoughts) are still not quite finished but coming along nicely methinks. Ces deux ne sont toujours pas finis, mais ça vient.


Dog-eared Anemones anemones by dayÉtude en jaunea bit cluttered but ...

Most of these things were given to me by my dear friend Betty Neisten who will be 101 on the 3rd of April 2013

Anémones by nightAnemones en compangieDog-eared Anemones

back to the drawing board…