Bernie Clarkson | 40th Painting
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40th Painting

This seemed an apt image to paint today, election day, and poor old Gordon Brown looks in need of all the support he can get.
This very elongated head looks troubled and heavy, it might take more than his hand to ease his furrowed brow.
Doing lots of painting upside down and really concentrating on angles within the piece and proportions. All the images are 2/3 i.e. the width is two thirds of the height so I’m able to get a chance to to plot where an arm comes in or how much room the head takes up in relation to the whole painting. Bit of maths involved initially to get the photographic image cut to a 2 to 3 ratio but then its relatively plain sailing.

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