Equilibrium (detail)

It’s been a busy start to 2013 and there are new works in the Paintings gallery, including a few more self-portraits. Here’s a detail from Equilibrium where I’ve added another element in the clothing by defining the body through the stripes of the jersey alone rather than with any shading. Initially, the striped top was actually chosen because of its shape rather than the pattern. However, as the work developed, the stripes became a transition area between the flat picture plane background and the realism of the rest of the figure.

The downside is that after a day of focusing on stripes when I look away I can still see them for hours afterwards. Just a small step in this direction has given me a whole new level of respect for the tenacity required to do op art.

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