Thursday, March 18, 2010

a core sensation


I found this in a drawer today, while looking for something else.
Painted from life about five years ago it was put away and forgotten. I am guilty of destroying a lot of work that does not please me, that this survived indicated that it had some value.
Looking at it now it is quite remarkable, I remember that my objective was to avoid outline and paint the form from the centre. That's the centre of the volume not the centre of the silhouette. We see others as an outline, and that is relatively easy to trace on to a sheet of paper. I suspect our self awareness is experienced as a core sensation so with this torso, I transcribed it as I felt, rather than what I saw.