Circular or conic section structure
Occassionaly your friends annoy you. This time it
was Sarah Simpkins turn. Replying to an email of
mine criticising one of Tom Stoppard's wanky plays
(in which she was the only person with a rave
review) she stated
(acting was) "not a bit of fun like your painting"
i hadn't painted anything for 8 years at that time
but wrote back pointing out that in that previous
life in wasnt that much fun and added that
i had an ability that very few people in this
world ever have. Then i wondered if i still had
as my eyesight has deteriorated. This picture is the
first I did in this series. Its painted over a varnish
layered background with a circular design that i had
lying around and was an experiment with tempera an oil
in layers (mische or mixed technique kindly showed me by
Brigid Marlin - uncompromised by time but deaf
to most outlooks i expect - bless her )
Its a bit difficult to see due to the thin varnishes
but her hair extends upwards in the shape of a shell
The image came from one of my mates old b/w photos.
Having painted about half a dozen images i then
stopped for 6 months - there's motivation for you !