Oil on canvas. The colours are a bit richer than they appear here. It’s inspired by a vintage photograph of a young laundress sleeping in the street. She has half an eye open to protect her livelihood: a mobile laundry wringer kept close by her makeshift bed.
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(My father). Last night we were at a gala to celebrate 48 plays directed by him, 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 beautiful theatre, alongside theatre paintings from the great Somerset Maugham collection.
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.
Oil on canvas.
Official photos have now come through – here’s a rather better shot taken by Anna Cardy (added May 31)
A sketch of someone playing the guitar – loosely based on Glenn Wilhide. It’s a charcoal sketch with digital painting over the top. (Print)
A exercise in Still Life. Oil on canvas
Here is the actor Desmond Barrit, who played Falstaff, sitting in the ‘greenroom’ between rehearsals of Henry IV I&II. This was done at home on my computer, referring to a photo I took. (Print)
Here is a self-portrait, based on an old photograph from long ago. I’m lost in the woods, like the lovers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The woods are sparkling, full of hope, while I’m receding into the gloom. (Print)
There is something utterly absorbing about a plate of beautifully made profiteroles. Especially when you’re on a diet as I am this week… I painted over a recent photo of Freddie and Flora Grant, who both have amazing copper-coloured hair, enjoying a sumptuous plate of choux pastry with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice-cream. I like the way that you cannot quite tell which bits are painted and which bits are photograph. Mystery. Not for Sale
Here’s another sketch of my cat Lemon. I’ve quadrupled it manually (rather than using tiling tools) to make Four Lemons to a wallpaper pattern (for the house). I posted the previous 3 version on Twitter just for fun. It was inspired by Damien Hirst’s butterfly wallpaper. (Print)
Oui, c’est mon chat, qui s’appelle Citron, et qui est extra-sympa et marrant. Si on se trouve malade au lit (comme est le cas aujourd’hui) Citron est le compagnon préféré – ultra gentil, ne dit pas trop, souriant, bien chaud.
I’m back from a family holiday in the mountains. The view of the sun rising behind a crown of snowy peaks, has embedded itself like a smile inside me.
This face is one of the things that I painted on my return to London. I used a digital pen on a bamboo tablet plugged into the side of my computer. (Print, edition of 10)
Part of an ongoing digital painting called Materia Medica. This is a packet of dried Marigold flowers. (Print)
Marigold was named by Carl Linnaeus, the father of taxonomy, ‘Calendula officinalis’. The flowers can be made into a tea that’s exceptionally good for the eyesight. Quite miraculous. Marigold contains Lutein.
I painted this with Pixelmator on my laptop, using a trackpad as paintbrush. Difficult, but not a painful as painting the Parsley (see below).
Parsley – Materia Medica. Computer painting. (Print)
I painted it on my laptop computer at the kitchen table while my husband was cooking Spaghetti alle vongole. I had to paint fast as he was going to need quite a bit of parsley to finish off the dish.
Parsley’s volatile oils, particularly Myristicin, have been shown to inhibit tumour formation, especially in the lungs. It’s rich in Vitamins K, C,and A, full of iron and anti-oxidants. One of the magical plants that is so common, you could mistake it for ordinary.
It strains the lower arm muscles to paint using the trackpad like this. You have to click and hold down the cursor with your thumb, and then use the index finger to move the cursor as a paintbrush. Must get an iPad soon…