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Friday, 20 March 2015

Postcards

 No Idea
 Marbles
Jacks
Skipping Rope

Postcards for the Little Painting Challenge

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Norwich Castle

Visited Norwich Castle today.......




 Where I saw some fabulous paintings in the exhibition 'Homage to Manet'

 Manet
 Sir William Orpen
 Dame Laura Knight
Wilson Steer
John Singer Sargent
Transfixed by this one, 'The Black Brook' which I had not seen before. This reproduction was the best I could find quickly on www but it doesn't show how vibrant the colours are, how stunning the painting is in reality. What also took my attention were delightful graphite sketches of Madame X
Brilliant time in Norwich, topped off by fish and chips in Cromer!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Friends

 Annie  20" x 16"  Oil
Remember Annie, my best mate from primary school, when we were 4/5 years old.

Lizzie  20" x 16"  Oil wip
So meet Lizzie, my best mate from primary school, when we were 4/5 years old. I know, I could never choose one over the other!
It is the magic of Facebook that we can be in touch with each other again after 45 years!
More work to be done on this one.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Wash Art Group

 More Marbles   4" x 6"  Watercolour
 Skipping Rope  4" x 6"  Watercolour + Ink
Oliver  10" x 12"  Oil  In Progress No 2
I'm wondering if is chin is still too long? And his eyes in the wrong place, and his mouth not wide enough, and haven't got a slight tilt to the head?????............boy, am I having trouble with this one! It is marginally better than the first one, so I shall finish this.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Friends


                                                         Alan + Myra  16" x 16"   Oil
Merle + Stan  16" x 16"  Oil

I have friends visiting on Monday, so I have been attempting to finish these paintings of them.

Also today, I discovered that I have been shortlisted at Jacksons Art Supplies in their pastel portrait competition! Please vote for my entry, if so inclined,  here,  and read all about it too. My entry is called 'Meme'. Thank you

Monday, 2 March 2015

More Tiddling


Oliver  10" x 12"  Oil
The likeness is evading me , might have to start again, no point flogging a dead horse, as they say!
 Long, Tall, Thin + Sally  Cherry Wood

 Long, Tall, Thin + Sally  Cherry Wood
Have been sanding and refining these figures. It all takes so much longer than I supposed. The photo with the 10" x 12" portrait is to give a sense of size. Would love to do something life-size, but how long would that take!!!!!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Learning




I have been doing an hour here, a couple there, and I can see the light way down at the end of the tunnel! Don't get me wrong, I am enjoying every second. Each portrait is practise and honing my particular technique. You can't call it work....can you!??

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

More Progress



Took these along to WA , where the topic today was still water. Most people were busy with water-lilies, but I much prefer faces!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

I hr 30 mins



Didn't have long in the studio today so I concentrated on just one of the portraits. Must find out their names!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

For Mike






I met a lovely man, Mike Stacey, last week at the Park House Hotel, Sandringham, which caters for the physically disabled and their carers. I demonstrated portrait painting. and Mike was so happy with the painting I did of him that he has commissioned me to paint his family! Wow! 
So here I have made a start, electing to do them together so there is a continuity.