Rembrandt said, “… a work of art is finished when an artist achieves his aim.” Quite so. More interesting to consider is when a work of art begins. People sometimes ask how long a certain piece has taken and the only true answer an artist can give is, “My whole life.”
CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND is not quite finished. It will be shared in its entirety when the artist achieves his aim. In the meantime, here will be posted some of the sketches, preparatory studies and drawings made in developing the initial idea and in working out technical aspects of composition and execution.
Painted in watercolour on Arches cold pressed, 356gsm paper measuring 102 x 66cm (40 x 26ins), this large work will frame up into a sizeable painting.
The following images concentrate on the focal point – the subject’s face, in particular, the eyes. A sketch page of head angles is followed by graphite and colour studies.