Learning to Paint

Still Life with Spectacles. oil on board 22 x 30cm 2020

At some level it feels like every painting is about learning how to paint (again) Like any profession it’s about developing skills and putting those skills to the test. One feels like a beginner every time one starts a new painting. Cezanne’s Portrait of his Son, is my favourite ever painting. In my eyes it’s perfect. So what a pleasure to discover the means with which I could study it ‘into’ a new work. The relationship between form, volume, colour, representation and abstraction in this modest piece is so tightly knit and yet so beautifully fresh.

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