May 5th, 2016

Great to work with Lala (one of my regular models from 2008 to 2011) for a few hours when she was back in Cardiff recently. The kimono was the Japanophile sitter’s idea, and the black background part of a continuing experiment, following on from (still in progress) portraits of Lisa Jones.

Most of my earlier pictures of Lala are nudes, with just a few paintings from the period when I transitioned into working in portraiture, so it was interesting to return to such a familiar sitter a few years on and with more experience in the genre. The result was a quick painting (see Laura 37 in Artworks – Works on panel), which I’m happy is probably a more successful portrait than those I made previously.

Many thanks to Lala.

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