Today’s painting for the Covid Eyes project is taken from a large oil painting entitled: “Waiting” that I created some years ago. It was inspired by the character Babette in Gabriel Axel’s film “Babette’s Feast” – which itself was based on a story by Karen Blixen.
The film is about the inate impulse of the artist to create. A wonderful film.
In this scene, is she waiting in hope, waiting in fear or, waiting to hear maybe? What do you think? For me, I paint first and ask questions later.
Indeed it’s possible that too much analysis inhibits the painter but I thought that it would be interesting to take a still from the film (by photographing the television screen) and using it as a starting-off point for a painting.
That original painting is currently hanging in the Olivier Cornet Gallery (visit by appointment only, for the present).