This is a new painting that I have just finished. It is a portrait of my French-born friend Nelly who has a wonderfully olive- coloured skin. She was a joy to paint.
For this painting I wanted to create a sense of stillness and peace. Inspred by Dutch old masters like Ter Borch but also early 20th century painters such as Sir James Gunn, I chose to work with a fairly monochrome palette. The greyed colours are broken only by the bright silver bracelet on her wrist. I tried to paint Nelly as honestly as I could, without frills and gimmicks. She is a woman happy and confident in her self, she does not need anything adding. The portrait was not a commission but something I wanted to paint. I wanted to explore something I had not done a lot before, such as the 3/4 figure composition and her wonderful colouring. [continues below]
I enjoyed doing a 3/4 figure portrait, which makes a change from the more usual head-and-shoulder ones.The painting was painted on a fairly new surface, Dibond, an aluminium composite that has become quite popular amongst artists to paint on. It is a stable surface and very pleasant to paint on. Originally used in the sign-making industry Dibond offers a solid surface, without the bounce of a stretched canvas. The hard, smooth surface means you can create a texture of your own choice with your brushmarks or your primer. This portrait is fairly big, 80x83cm (or 31x33”). Below are some more images of it.
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