You folks know that I never sketch, so this was the beginning of a new painting. It developed into a sketch because I worked out that I would have to -a) make a bigger painting, or b) lose a couple of people.
I learned earlier this year that I don't do small heads, not easily anyway. Start again then! My grateful thanks to the ever patient members of the West Winch Art Group.
I had this idea for a painting to submit to the BP Portrait competition this year and got all excited, but then realised it has all been done before. .............
Syndics of the Drapers Guild REMBRANDT
The Last Supper DA VINCI
I initially got the idea from a pic in a magazine. ..
Wonderful day at Castle Acre again, wonderful model, George, with purple streaked hair down her back, colourful tatoo, and lively personality, she kept some lovely poses, having done ballet til dskhe was nineteen, the burlesque. Wonderful!
Today I did my first ever proper demontration of how I paint a portrait in oils. I had such butterflies this morning, but I need not have worried at all. They were the friendliest group, happy and enthusiastic, and made the morning fly by. I had the BEST time.
I had to stop at this point because the light had changed too much, but all seemed delighted with my effort, especially the sitter, Julie, (and very good she was too!) who got to keep the portrait. David Oakland, who formed and tutors the group, had the brilliant idea to draw a name out of a hat of all willing sitters.
I can't believe I actually got to the studio and painted something! It needs a little adjustment, but I am happy so far. All palette knife work, no initial drawing and mixing on the board.............that's the way I like to do it!
First meeting after the summer break , with chatting and catching up to do! I found this photo on FB (I think, apologies to photographer) and just had to paint it. Not time to finish it, but will have to get back to it to do those gorgeous colours justice!