to continue- the final preliminary painting is:
The painting was developed from a series of drawings of the quartet, made in concert:
in a range of mediums:
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?