While trying to finish my PhD I engaged in a little distraction and made a start on a life size drawn copy of the Mona Lisa.Aside from the distraction it afforded me (though I abandoned it and knuckled down to writing after a relatively short while) it gave me a chance to see if I could capture something of the expression that is so well known. In truth, I saw this as a technical challenge and not as a work of art as such. The Sans Terre / + I make with Chris is much more interesting as art, but part of me is still fascinated by trying to achieve something that is perhaps beyond my grasp.
Last weekend I made an effort to finish it, at least for the time being. I think that there is still some tweaking to around the mouth (though I’m loathe to do too much as the expression can change in an instant), but for now this is complete.
What next? I’m thinking that that this ought to be exhibited on the wall that now masks my painting of the wall of the Salon Carré from which the Mona Lisa was stolen by Vincenzo Peruggia in 1911. I might then erase it.