oil on panel, 24x30cm
WHO ARE YOU?
I am a Dutch painter based in South Gloucestershire. Married to an Englishman, 2 young sons and a mad but ageing dog. Trained as an art & architectural historian but now mostly painting in my home studio while keeping an eye on the kids.
WHY THIS ONE?
I thought long and hard but it had to be this one. I usually like my latest work best anyway and this one got me into the BP Portrait Award Exhibition this year where I also gained the Travel Award for my travel proposal. Lets just hope this is the start of greater things to come....
SOMETHING ABOUT IT
I did a series of self portraits exploring the subject. The idea for this one came from visiting an exhibition by a charcoal artist and I was taken by the strong chiaroscuro. The lace collar comes from my interest in historic lace, although in this painting I did not paint it into meticulous detail as I sometimes do.
I used a birch panel for this which came gesso primed. I added an alkyd oil primer on top as I don't like the absorbency of gesso or acrylic primers. The smoothness of the panel forced me to sand, repaint and store in a dust free area a few times in order to get the dark areas lint free.
WHERE IT IS NOW
National Portrait Gallery London!
I struggle with this question as I don't work this methodical. But I'll list the colours I use most often, while rummaging through my paint drawers:
Brilliant Yellow extra Pale
Ship Rock (Vasari)
Brilliant Yellow Light
Terra Pozzuoli (Mussini)
Brilliant Scarlet (Mussini)
Indigo Tone (Mussini) / Prussian Blue