I have been spending a lot of time on just one very special canvas lately. Its my submission for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. This is about a much-loved little baby boy who died suddenly at a very young age. His cremated ashes were turned into a diamond for his family to cherish.
I wanted to recreate a focal point diamond with his face behind some of the facets.
First, I played around with background:
Then block filled in facets of a diamond. I really let loose with colour here. I wanted to get a vibrant feel.
Next was the tricky part. Painting some portaits of the little boy to be pasted onto the diamond. I don't normally paint portraits that often, but I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed painting these. It was one of those (rare) days when everything goes right first time.
And for the past 18 hours I have been painting to get the work finished in time for delivery in London tomorrow.
Here is the result.
I want to thank J.T. for her kindness in sending me photos of her beloved son, and also my other half for endless supplies of cups of tea over the past 24 hours.
Just have to wrap it up now and hope it fits in the overhead shelves on the Oxford Tube otherwise I am going to have to buy it its own seat (its 80 cm square). The RA Summer Exhibition is a bit of a lottery, but I guess you have to be in it to win it so fingers crossed, and good luck to everyone else out there having a go.
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