Thursday, 16 April 2009

Painting by numbness 3

Here’s yet another portrait, this time of a model with a name – Jackie. She looks a bit masculine here, but is perfectly normal when not in my painting. She now does mosaics, as well as modelling, and teaches mosaicing to others. This painting was the first one I did that the teacher thought was ‘good.’

The teacher, by the way, was Geoff Routh. Some of his paintings (of an abandoned maternity hospital, now Stockwell Studios) can be seen here. He also taught me to draw after I left college; a disturbing and exhilarating process that involved mostly unlearning what I thought I already knew. I thought I already knew quite alot.

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