First layer completed!
I’m wrecked now but in a really happy way. This is the first oil painting I have started in almost a year.
I had forgotten how wonderful it is to work in oil paint. Though both my drawing and painting tend to be figurative, I do find that they are both very different and to now have both back in my life is a huge relief.
Marianne Latham contacted me as she is putting together a documentary about the nude in art. She was interviewing people in regard to the Benalla Nude but others as well. I really look forward to seeing the full doco! But she put together this short of me – I feel really humbled that Marianne wanted to come into my space and ask me about my work and my thoughts. It’s also rather timely as well – because I really need to write a new artist statement soon and this ( plus another interview I did, which is not yet online ) have really got me thinking about what is important to me in my work.
Thank you Marianne!
The last one I finished off with a twelve and a half hour drawing session. I haven’t been able to sleep as I have been so excited about it and wanted to write about these works but I am so tired from all the drawing and working and uploading and the things so another day. For now, just look.
Benalla Nude is an award for a work depicting a naked human figure as subject matter.
I am really excited and honoured and cannot wait to see the exhibition! The winner will be announced April 10th and the exhibition runs from April 11th to July 13th.
Thanks to everyone who emailed, tweeted and texted me that I should enter.
I’ve posted some of the developmental sketches and the beginnings of this painting: here.
What is different about this is it is from life and from memory. I did a sitting with the model and developed most of this painting with the sketches and my memory from that sitting. I took some photos for a buffer – but I in no way relied on the photographs like I have in previous works.