more stages in a portrait ……..

to continue- the final preliminary painting is:

oil on linen

The painting was developed from a series of drawings of the quartet, made in concert:


in a range of mediums:


and formats:

to finish the images in this post with a compositional sketch:

all of which goes to show the amount of thought and work that goes into a painting.  The concept that “talent” as a quality allows an artist to pluck an idea and image from the back of the retina and lay it down on a canvas immediately and without effort is foreign to my experience and practice- the painting is built from the drawings  and ideas are developed into the finished work.  The conceit of John Donne of dashing off a finished sonnet in his spare time is a falsehood to me.  No author makes a draft do they?


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