I’ve chosen Mark Cavendish as my subject for a watercolour exercise. I copied from a great photograph of him crossing the line at the front of the peloton (where else!). I like the energy, movement and confusion. There are three versions here. The first was before I’d finished, and I took the picture at that stage in case I went on to muck it up. The second one is the finished painting, but something happened when I scanned it to increase the contrast – I like it anyway. And the third is the final version.
I’ve tried to apply what I learnt from the Manet studies (see previous post) in a portrait of Conrad. I struggled with this painting. First I didn’t capture a true likeness from the outset. Conrad sat for me, but I had to resort to taking a photo to copy from. Then I went back to painting from life to get a reality check and finish the picture off. Along the way I compared monochrome photos of a draft and a photo to see how the tonal values compared.
I’m pleased with the finished painting, but I lost the plot a far as learning from Manet is concerned. My application of paint is not done with flourish or confidence or assurance. It is tentative. I will have another go and this time give myself a time limit – this might force me to be more bold in the handing of the paint. These are pictures of work in progress: