30 January 2013: dear London, on working in the studio … day 21

Wednesday

More rollers today. A useful link with the printmaker inside me, not to mention continuity with my priming activities yesterday … I managed to find three starting points inside the large drawing, and was keen to respond to the challenges of Saturday’s Brick Lane photographed abstracts. I only used  rollers, one for each colour and have made three underpaintings, which refer rather too closely to my mention of the sometime uninspiring painterly qualities of artists who work from photographic sources (!). The photographs did their work as catalysts for colour.

roller palette

roller palette

Brick Lane local colour canvases

Brick Lane local colour canvases

Then I set to work on the Life Class painting again, reasoning that the black ground would give these (initially) rollered glazes some strength. For the first time during this sabbatical I was actually trying to make decisions about a whole painting –  contrast, tone, harmony, handling and pictorial space …

RA Life Class over black with study

RA Life Class over black with study

I throw in a few details, for their connections to the Brick Lane photographs (again):

RA Life Class over black (detail)

RA Life Class over black (detail)

RA Life Class over black (detail)

RA Life Class over black (detail)

RA Life Class over black (detail)

RA Life Class over black (detail)

RA Life Class over black (detail)

RA Life Class over black (detail)

RA Life Class over black (detail)

RA Life Class over black (detail)

then I painted into the White Life Class, with a brush this time (and at least half an eye on Cezanne’s Still Life with Plaster Cast, which I saw at the Courtauld on Monday):

White Life Class second state

White Life Class second state

White Life Class second state (detail)

White Life Class second state (detail)

St Hilda’s tomorrow to try to draw with enough fluency to be able to construct a composition …

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