Today is all about the face, putting in tone, contour, flesh, warmth, expression.
at this point I discovered in the Robin Cormack book, 'Icons; the British Museum' 2007 an icon from the collection of the Holy Monastery of St Catherine, Sinai. Icon with Christ, Byzantine (Constantinople) 6th Century.
a moment of reflection and shadows
I took the face back to darkness, to remodel the light.
so some of these look a bit samey, but believe me, there are so many layers of tempera
and hours of painting.
It is going somewhere now.
It puts me a little behind the other iconographers but this is ok.
I'm happy to go at my own pace
geometric garments, softness of face.
During lunch I happened upon Wordsworth's house
this is his Spice Cupboard from 1710
and his couch. every artist must have a couch to muse on.