My on-line diary began in the 1990's from my studio in the North of England. After a lapse of ten years, I resumed posting from my present studio on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

From the far beginning, the intention has been to give an insight into my working methods, and to share the triumphs, trials and tribulations of work-in-progress.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Now you see it, now you don’t


Today’s painting of Naomi continues the theme of the suggested, rather than the defined detail.  The left hand that rests on the model’s waist doesn’t leave much to the imagination.  But the right hand is yours to interpret as you may!

The American painter and writer, Charles Movalli has this to say about those of us he terms as “painterly painters”.

The painterly painter uses the viewer's experience to give life to the work. Instead of being a passive receiver of information, the viewer becomes a participant.

Painterly painters believe that an abbreviated style is best suited to capturing elusive effects. But although they consciously strive to develop a rapid execution, their detractors often criticize this characteristic, dismissing their work as little more than sketches. 

The painterly painters labor under a disadvantage, since their idea of finish is not that of the general public.


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