I take the paintings up to London tomorrow. I am submitting them to two separate large open portrait exhibitions. Had a useful session last friday discussing the paintings with Kasia Andrews and Kevin, see Kevin's blog: http://disabledkevinthinks.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-portraits-by-kasia-and-peter-are.html Looking at the painting under different light was an initial shock but on reflection I have not made many changes. A minor adjustment to Kevins brow. Most of my time has been taken up making frames for the paintings Also got feedback on this painting Friday and have made some minor adjustments taking into account comments from people who know the model.
Things are beginning to get a little more difficult. Having spent so long on these images you start to doubt yourself. One reason is that having studied these faces so long they lose their identity. Like repeating a word over and over twenty times, it becomes a sound and the meaning goes. I was reassured yesterday, showing the female painting to someone, they recognised the person even though I didn't know they knew each other (a good litmus test). The problem on the Kevin painting is the way the paving changes direction in the photo. When it is painted in, it looks as if the painter has got their perspective wrong. I am still making very slow but steady progress. I think?