This painting considers observation and the feeling of being observed. The warm colours and soft weave of the blanket create a comfortable and calm atmosphere but there lingers a feeling of reservation. Varsha is my friend and neighbour and agreed to sit for me despite being a bit uncomfortable about the whole process.
Light falls over the rich red walls, resting on her face and chest. Shadows amplify lines and motion and the colours crowd in. The sitter gazes at the viewer directly, aware of being observed. The steady expression is contemplative and a little challenging. The viewer may feel blocked in their attempts to read her character but it represents a very familiar feeling that is encountered in waiting rooms and queues throughout the country. The fingers of her crossed arms create a boundary.
Acrylic on Linen
40 x 40cm
Signed on reverse
£240 plus postage