I’m at the beginning of a new Constellation painting: Perseus & Andromeda. I see them as dancing an Argentine Tango. Sharp, controlled, sexy. I like that the subjects in my paintings – when people – have an unreadable expression. It’s impossible to tell what they’re thinking, so it’s up to the viewer to interpret. It means there’s a sort of silent partner in this dance.
I always block my colours in this way, then blend. Sometimes I’ll put in some detail to give myself a direction – but according to highly academic pastel artists, this is methodologically incorrect. Unfortunately, it’s a rule I have to break. I need to place some detail to act as an anchor. Oftentimes I’ll go back and change it, but it gives me a starting point. And we all need to start somewhere.