A béret branché is a trendy beret. But actually, this face reminds me of Damian Lewis playing Sergeant Brody in Homeland. More than a little frightening, depending on which angle you look at it. It’s unfinished.
Last night we were at a gala to celebrate 48 plays directed by my father Sir Peter Hall for the Theatre Royal Bath over the years. The celebrations included the unveiling of a portrait of him which they commissioned me to paint, as a surprise – EG he did not sit for it, and got quite a shock when he pulled the curtain cord to unveil it. So now it hangs in the foyer of this gem of a theatre, alongside some of the greatest British theatre paintings from the Somerset Maugham collection. It’s amazing.
Afterwards we went for a drink in the garden at the Royal Crescent Hotel. What an astonishingly beautiful city Bath is.
I painted in some clues: he’s holding his book about verse speaking; ’Shakespeare’s Advice to the Players’ and behind him is a distinctive grey concrete wall, which students of Denys Lasdun’s architecture may recognise.
Official photos have now come through – here’s a rather better shot taken by Anna Cardy (added May 31)
A painting done on my computer, using a new pen and ink ‘tool’ that I haven’t tried before. And lots of colour, and leaves, of course…
I took charcoal and sketchbook into the exhibition today, when it was my turn to stand guard for an hour, and sketched visitors very fast as they walked around. Back home I painted over the top on the computer.
This is an academic charcoal sketch of a plaster bust, which I did at my Atelier drawing school last October, and then used as the basis for Country Girl (see archive). I’ve mashed it up here – covered it with a digital ‘shawl’ of lovely printed fabrics. I like the way you can see the edges of each ‘patch’ of fabric.
This is about the representation of women – in the glamour, beauty, film and fashion industries. On a film set, someone might ask ‘have you seen so-and-so? and the reply might be, ‘she’s in make-up’, EG having hair and face done in the make-up department.
It’s a self portrait about how desperate a person might feel inside – sitting in the make-up truck on a shoot, with a team of brilliant people working around their face to produce a polished exterior. It’s ‘emotion recollected in tranquility’ as I haven’t sat in such a place for many years. I took this polaroid last year, scanned it and painted over with computer software.
Sky full of water, white everywhere, no shadows no sun: it’s a tree beneath a white sky. A digital painting made with watery brushes.
This is a self portrait from May 2010 – which I’m reviving. Mostly because it makes me laugh, and I feel like cheering myself up. It’s an old photo from back in the day, with discrete digital additions to the hairdo and make-up.