This study was started a couple of days ago in a pastel demonstration at a local art club, The Monday Painters, where someone was taking photos as I worked. (Of course if I’d known this I would have glammed myself up a bit!)
The subject is a young nephew who came to sit for me last week. I loved the pose which reminded me of a Modigliani subject.
Originally I was only going to paint the head and shoulders but there’s a certain tension and embarrassment in the way he folded his arms and tucked away his hands for the sitting that I felt needed to be incorporated into the painting
It seemed the perfect opportunity to combine the pastel demonstration with a study for the oil painting which I have now started.
The support is mount-card which I prepared with gesso and marble dust and applied with a DIY brush in order to leave brush-strokes
Thanks to Les Sharpe from Monday Painters for the photos