Painting in green was
incredibly hard work; firstly there is something about green
oil paint that just doesn’t want to lend itself to the
canvas. Secondly every painting was starting to look like
the incredible hulk or the jolly green giant. It took me 6
paintings to get the 3 that I thought were good enough for
sale. I almost gave up trying to bring this painting together,
however at some point a moment of purity arose, and the creation
of this painting seemed to feel like I was carving the image
out of an emerald.
The thick dark background paint changes direction to reflect
the light in a fashion that gives the impression of rich,
dark, long hair. The hand and the knee in the foreground
just seems to break free of the rugged background paint
and some how offers a deep more defined polished look. This
contrast of painting style was a reflection of my struggle
with the colour yet they seem to combine to form one of
my most realistic paintings.
The lure of this painting comes from not just the painting
style but also the scene I was trying to capture. This painting
represents that first meeting.