Blue Beret


This is a composite portrait, derived from drawings and photos, of one of our regular models. It started with an initial 15 min sketch of the pose with beret. The scarf idea came later. It allowed me to use the full tonal range with its black lace, and Autumn colours and made me think of the black veil in Goya’s Dona Isabel.

I also tried to start introducing more daring colour to this traditional palette and there is an experimental play with violets and yellows throughout.