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My Process

Started becoming a lot quicker at the beginning stages of my work these days. I don't expect much from coat one, or even coat two. Three and four is when things start to come together. Having worked in this very process oriented way for a long while now, I find that every now and again there is a streamlining of the technique. This happens purely out of repetition. I'm always looking for more efficient ways to arrive at the finished article. To get work realised with the same intensity but with greater economy. That's the goal.

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New Painting - DV1

At the end of last year I was experimenting with blocks of colour. Often stacking them to build spacious abstract images. I then began looking at old master paintings and extracted dominant colours from them. The most recent is this interpretation of 'Portrait of Juan de Pareja' by Diego Velazquez in 1650. I'm still awe struck by the way the man could paint and have learned so many lessons by looking at his work. I've been interested Baroque painting for decades. This isn't the first time I've made paintings with old master elements as dominant subjects.  I've been thinking against the idea of painting the cracks and bits of impasto. Then I though why not, just for the challenge. Here's...

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