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This is my Great Niece, Charlotte, known in the family as ‘Lottie’. I prefer Charlotte.
This is the first of my two Great Nieces, so as it stands, I still have one more to paint.
I really struggled with this composition, and almost threw it away. The photo that I used, I lifted from a Social Media site, and when I printed it off all the tones reversed, so it was akin to a colour negative. Reds were pinks and oranges, balcks were white and vice versa. I managed to print off a smaller version where the colours were accurate, or at least more so, and I used that as reference, but it was very problematic when it came to painting the detail.
Elaine Pearson in Poppy Field
Acrylic on Acrylic Board (approx 8.5inches x 10 inches) (Unframed). The study for this was undertaken about 15 years ago, maybe longer, and I came upon it whilst clearing out old material. I thought that it might make a pleasant, … Read More
Elderly Gentleman in Haunch of Venison, Salisbury
Elderly Gentleman in Haunch of Venison, Salisbury is an Acrylic on Acrylic Board (40.2cm x 29.2cm) (Unframed) I was spending a day in Salisbury, collecting material for painting, and called into the old pub named the Haunch of Venison. For … Read More
Acrylic on Acrylic Board (circa A4) (Unframed)
As I wrote before, on VE Day, despite the need for social distancing, as it was a gloriously warm day, a few of us (neighbours) gathered on our front lawns and shared a VE Day afternoon tea, Various cakes were made, and sandwiches, and we sat, spaced apart, and taking turns to go to the table and collect the refreshments.
Amongst us was Janice, my immediate neighbour, and Janice is a great organiser. It was she who was responsible for much of the baking, and certainly for arranging for us to meet as we do quite often, on the front lawn.
I doodled as we sat, took some snaps on the trust iPhone, and later produced some acrylic A4 sketches. This is another one of them.
I have now painted all three grandchildren, and Abigail twice. I have painted my daughter Claire, their mother, and so I thought it was now time that I added my good lady to the family gallery.
This was taken from a snap when we were walking along Lepe Beach, not far from where we live, on a rather chilly, blustery late winter’s day. You can assess the weather by the way the hair is blown about and tousled, and by the presence of a warm anorak.
I have painted Jenny twice before, but a vey long time ago, once when she was showering, leaning against the tiles under a jet of hot water, and attending to her feet. Not particularly romantic, but I liked the composition, and once when we were in Venice. Jenny was sitting in reduced light, late at night, on the edge of the bed.
Mandy Green in Black Top
Acrylic on Board (40.4cm x 29.2cm) (Unframed) As always this model sits placidly and hides her thoughts. Motionless and quiet she sits and smiles in her Mona Lisa like way, keeping her emotions well hidden and her thoughts to herelf. … Read More
Mandy Green, seated on bed
Acrylic on Board (30.3cm x 40.7cm) (Unframed) I continue to be fascinated by this model. She is serenely beautiful and always sits with a comfortabe smile. She says very little and is comfortable with being painted, but never wants to … Read More
Mandy Green: Thoughtful
Acrylic on Acrylic Board (Circa A3) (Unframed) Mandy is my favourite model. As she ages she keeps her poise and her youthfulness, and she maintains a grace not readily revealed in this pose. She usually portrays a smiling countenance, but … Read More
Marisa Timson: Mujer espanola hermusa
Acrylic on board (39.7cm x 40.4cm) (Unframed) This is Marisa Timson,a very beautiful Spanish woman. She has an amazing smile. I was always told by my art tutor, if ever you paint a portrait, never paint teeth. I could not … Read More
Paula Griffin (Stevens) looking ahead
Acrylic on Acrylic Board (slightly less than A3) (Unframed) I have ventured into a slightly different brushwork technique with this study. I am pleased with how it’s worked. I like this pose and the model’s expression, and I feel that … Read More
Paula Griffin (Stevens) looking right
Acrylic on Acrylic Board (circa A3) (Unframed) I continue to enjoy painting this model. The slightly more heavy feeling of the body and the characterful face makes it always pleasing to paint her. In this pose she looks distant which … Read More
Paula Griffin (Stevens) with Necklace
Acrylic on Acrylic Board (Circa A3) (Unframed) This was something of a ‘quickie’. I liked the concentration of the figure, and the effect of the light to one side, casting much of the figure into shade. I enjoy painting this … Read More
On VE Day, despite the need for social distancing, as it was a gloriously warm day, a few of us (neighbours) gathered on our front lawns and shared a VE Day afternoon tea, Various cakes were made, and sandwiches, and we sat, spaced apart, and taking turns to go to the table and collect the refreshments.
Amongst us was Shizzy, the Chinese lodger of my immediate neighbour, and Shizzy had cooked some delightful Chinese cakes. They were, I can vouch, absolutely delicious.
I doodled as we sat, took some snaps on the trust iPhone, and later produced some acrylic A4 sketches. This is one of them.
Shizzy at her front door
Acrylic on Acrylic Board (circa A4) (Unframed)
As I wrote earlier Shizzy is a delightful Chinese teacher who for almost two years has lodged next door. A few weeks ago I painted her portrait as an acrylic sketch, and as a result of that she has asked me to paint a commission piece for her.
As a memento to take back to China she wanted a painting of the front of the house, with her in the doorway. She very much wanted it with the summer roses in bloom.
She gave me two photographs, one winter view with her standing in the doorway, and a summer view with summer foliage, but without her.
I used photoshop to merge the images, and from the resulting image drafted the painting.
Singer at The Avon Brewery Pub, Salisbury
I visited The Avon Brewery pub in Salisbury, in June 2015, with a group of friends to celebrate the end of the previous football season, and Bournemouth gaining promotion. They serve Portuguese food: excellent. During the evening this singer set … Read More