I have just finished my portrait of Sophie Bainsfair whose daughter I painted 10 years ago. I am very pleased with both composition and handling, and have enjoyed the whole course of the sittings, which were initially carried out at her house, and then continued in my studio in London. First thing I like about it- turning the canvas so it is landscape format as opposed to portrait. Second thing, the slight tilt on the head, the arm, the hand, the whole pose in fact, which just makes it all come alive. Third, it has been good fun, as our sittings have meant that we have got to know each other: one of the pleasures of portrait painting is that you have someone to talk to whilst you work!
Here she is.
I am ready and willing to take on similar portrait commissions, and you can see other examples of my portrait work in the gallery pages of this site. Take a look….
Meanwhile, I spent a happy day yesterday selecting pictures for the Chelsea Art Society, and getting to know my fellow Council members. The process was fascinating and good fun. There is a lot of very good work in the show and you should come if you can. The show opens at Chelsea Town Hall on the Kings Road on Thursday morning and is open daily until Saturday from 10am to 7pm, Sunday from 10am to 5pm, and Monday 24th June from 10am to 2pm.