Here’s the painting currently on the easel. Blind Saint Hervé and his wolf. This is day two of work, not including drafting the under-drawing which was done months ago and probably took an hour or so to work out and complete. I took no photographs yesterday, having felt dispirited by my lack of progress. Today has gone better and I’m more confident about a positive outcome.
The first image was how things were looking mid-afternoon today and the second was taken half an hour ago as I wound up for the evening. The third is the small drawing on paper that was the source of the composition. It was one of many Hervé drawings I made in 2007. (I’ve had good use of that particular sketchbook as it’s provided me with much material for paintings.) In this instance the painting has moved on quite a bit from the originating drawing, particularly in the pose of the wolf and the development of the background featuring a pigeon-house on legs… to keep out vermin… on the Penpont estate. The fourth image is a 2004 study I made that’s serving as reference for the background of the current painting.
I’ll post progress on this Hervé and the Wolf as and when I get further with it.