Still thinking about the colour application from the last post, and also thinking generally about the way unusual colour can work in a portrait. I painted this green man with a red background, nothing planned, just doodling with paint.
It’s the kind of experimentation that makes me think I really ought to be more systematic about investigating my CVD, but instead I find myself using colour in a free-wheeling way that appeals to me, and I simply accept that I’m not seeing it the same way as people with different colour vision.
Here are other unusually coloured portraits that I had in mind. I think most of these are exaggerating or evoking a light effect, but in my painting I was just experimenting with colour arbitrarily.
The long face I painted is from imagination, but it came out in a way that reminds me of Stanley Spencer’s 1959 self-portrait (below), and the paint handling reminds me very slightly of late Lucien Freud.