I’ve been going back-and-forth, deciding whether or not to put in a background to this painting. There’s something so satisfying about the raw brushstrokes against the plain white page, but at the same time, I really liked how the background in Gill’s portrait completed the painting. For now, it is without - if I change my mind, I’ll post an updated version!
Anyway, here he is, my favourite subject, in one of my favourite paintings of him. My portrait style has been moving toward this ‘colour field’ look of late, and I’m really enjoying where it’s going.
Laurence in Oils, July 2014