This is my final painting of Cameron asleep in Patsy’s chair. He looks as though he has flopped down into a comfy armchair after a hard day’s work as a living statue! It reminds me of John Davies’ white and grey figures in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts – Pick-a-Back and Bucket Man.
- The pose is a good one and I’ve reproduced it reasonably. Cameron looks relaxed, I have captured a likeness. The weight of the body looks correctly distributed; he is sitting in rather than floating on top of the chair.
- The washed out white of the body, clothes and satchel seem to work.
- The lines are reasonably loose but not as gestural as my original sketch.
- It does speak to me of Cameron. He is a high energy person who is either on or off. He often slumps into this chair and has a cat nap. He has usually just come from the gym so the shorts and vest are very Cameron as I know him. The satchel was a birthday present.
- I am happy with the muted colour palette and white body… it was an experimental approach and good to try out.
What doesn’t work so well?
- Although quite pleasing, It’s not a particularly expressive or exciting portrait…
- I could have included more characterful lines in the hands and in the face if I had worked on a larger scale or painted part of the figure. I looked at the possibility of cropping but I wanted to include the legs and trainers.
- This is not the best piece of work I’ve produced for this part of the course… it feels a bit safe. If I’d had free choice I might have painted a theatrical portrait or news picture and been able to bring more drama / impact to it but a of portrait of a friend, someone known to me, felt closer to the brief for this assignment.
Stages of painting