Now the semester is settling in, the Beckett show is completed and I am not running as fast as possible, I’m able to refocus my attention to painting. Thank goodness. The last couple of weeks have been back to back busy, and very satisfying in their own way, but I’m so happy to be back in front of my easel again.
I’ve been busy repairing the missing areas of sky between the bag and his shoulder, the straps and around the fingers of the hands, right now in a ceramic white which will need fixing with some glazes of iron oxide and perhaps a touch of grey to make it resemble the sky around it.
The same ceramic white gave me the highlights on the jacket, where the light reflects off leather at the edge of its creases. This will all get a layer of transparent iron oxide over it to bring it back into the colour of the leather jacket, but because the white is so bright and the layer will be thinner it will read differently to the existing layer, but making the entire surface of the jacket feel like one thing.