A year or two ago I came across this beautiful photograph by Steve McCurry and I knew I had to paint it.
I emailed Steve to ask permission to paint it and was so excited when he consented. The painting percolated in my head for over a year before I was ready to paint it.
I set out to do a portrait using only 6 tubes of colours and black and white. I had recently done a Colour Mixing Workshop with Dee Donaldson and was inspired to see if I could create a whole work using only, Cadmium Yellow (pale hue), Cadmium Lemon, French Ultramarine, Phthalo Blue, Permanent Rose and Cadmium Red with Titanium White and Ivory Black. Well, the proof is in the pudding, it is possible.
Photos of my process follow, I hope you enjoy the emergence of the painting.
Activating the surface.
The painting process begins.
The completed painting
I hope you have enjoyed the emergence of the painting as much as I enjoyed painting it.