Graph or grid structure
the head is placed 2/3 up the canvas.
I changed my mind several times about
the background and eventually used a ruler
as a long arc,
the distance of the head + the length of the canvas
to create the curved background lines
the riding hat is gold leaf at a jaunty angle
to accentuate the curvature of the background.
Here's what Teresa thinks of it
"The colour is all wrong for me,
"it should be a stronger colour I feel.
"Also there is too much colour
"going on in the face"
This highlights what would be a problem if
it were a commercial painting.
You are bound (within reason) to do what the
customer wants and this ushers in some further
problems in that people don't see themselfes
as others do
this can be because they always see themselves
in a mirror i.e in reverse .. and hardly anybodys
face is symetric
and further there is the psycology of how
they view themselves - so for example if they
have the evil eye of a hardened trader or a
psycotic stare, (not that they may be in any way
like this) they probably dont want it in a picture.
As it happens Teresa isn't like this and the
comments are fair enough but ive painted the picture
not to please anyone except myself perhaps.
In some cases i haven't even bothered to try and
get that much of a likeness, as dubious victim
Rob will testify, even though a lot of people
instantly recognise him in even his most ghoulish