So, having spent most of the day gazing at the work of others I was lucky enough to have booked a place on a painting master class organised by the NPG, which was run in conjunction with the BP Portrait award, always interesting, if a little lacking in emotional interpretation it rewards skill rather than expressiveness, but that aside it's free and a must see.
Below is the artist who painted the above portrait of Maxi Jazz, his name is Joe Simpson and he was a real star, a lovely tutor very kind and generous. Thank you Joe, my nerves were frayed and torn but I came away with a better sense of self worth and my confidence was knitted back together a treat.
image above from here
Having learnt to paint at the Slade which follows the more contemporary route of painting on white, Joe taught us the more traditional way of under painting, he made it look effortless, clearly he is talented, and has worked very hard to become this good but I really enjoyed working this way too
This was his painting after just a few minutes, the difference between us is he has the patience of a saint, and he is able to build up thin layers of paint, slowly creating shape and form layer by layer. I on the other hand.......