You can see how I began on the Monday with the initial drawing in Raw Umber before blocking in the main masses of the painting on the Tuesday.
I felt better when I had worked across the entire canvas and could start finding the different values more accurately.
On the Wednesday I painted the Ballon d’Or alla prima before adding details of the badge on the Thursday. Before finishing on the Thursday evening I made a to do list of what I still wanted to get through on the piece ready for my final day of the residency.
The Friday was good fun as I painted the France Football details of the Ballon d’Or trophy and added other details and highlights to the shirt and boots.
Like most paintings I could have spent longer on the piece but overall I was delighted to take the painting to the finish I achieved.
The Big Draw
The residency was just one of many activities at the museum which ran during the school half term to celebrate the Big Draw Festival, the world’s largest drawing festival which promotes the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning.
The theme for 2018 was “Play” which ties in perfectly with the beautiful game and I’m delighted to have been involved.
Chatting about all things Matthews, 1953 and Oil Painting
The museum attracts a brilliantly diverse range of visitors and it was a pleasure to chat to so many people as artist-in-residence.
Many visitors were interested to see the historic objects and chat about Sir Stanley Matthews and the 1953 FA Cup Final. Some of the more senior visitors often told me their memories of Sir Stan while the younger generation were fascinated to see the first ever Ballon d’Or trophy.
I also enjoyed chatting to people who were interested in the painting, the sight-size technique and working in oils. It was also really useful to get some initial feedback on my other works in this series which I showed at the museum and many people were interested in buying them which is a good start!
On the Monday and Tuesday the museum was extra busy with Juventus fans who were in town to see Cristiano Ronaldo return to Old Trafford for the UEFA Champions League game against Manchester United. While I cant speak a word of Italian I still managed to communicate what I was up to and it was great to interact with other international visitors during the week. I enjoyed meeting people from countries including Germany, Sweden, Poland, Denmark, Switzerland, Holland and those who had travelled from as far as India, Korea and Australia!
The Finished Painting
The painting needs to cure before I can apply a final varnish and photograph it properly but in the meantime, here is the best shot I could get of the finished still life.
Sir Stanley Matthews Still Life
Oil on canvas
14″ x 18″
I’m delighted with the finished painting and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being artist-in-residence. The staff, volunteers and visitors to the National Football Museum made me feel really welcome and it was a pleasure to meet so many interesting people.
Here you can see a retro-style highlights reel of the residency created by the brilliant National Football Museum team:
A final thank you must go to the private owners of the objects as without their support and trust the residency and painting would not have been such a success.
Below you can see a gallery of superb highlight photos from my week as artist-in-residence, again, taken by the team at the National Football Museum.