2017 Paddington Portrait Project
I put a notice on my Studio Gallery door asking for potential models. Anyone who expressed interest and who could spare two mornings to sit for me, went on the list. Here are the results. All are oil on canvas painted entirely from life, alla prima.
I asked all the models to maintain eye contact with me throughout the sitting. I was inspired by the performance work of Serbian artist Marina Abramovic and her piece "The artist is present". Eye contact is something people usually avoid and I wanted to see what would eventuate in the final paintings.
The painted heads are approximately life sized. All canvases 40x40cm.