I’m really excited to share with you that I have had 2 of my works pre-selected for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition 2015. So I’m not actually yet in the exhibition but it’s a nice feeling to know that the judging panel have decided that they would like to see these two pieces in the flesh to make their final judging decision.
I’ve always loved portrait drawing, trying to pin down something of the sitter on paper, canvas or even in clay. I’m becoming more interested in the sitter’s gaze and plan on making many more portraits over the coming year alongside my landscape painting.
Portrait painting is a very tricky business indeed. I find drawing very liberating and free and I want to try to get a sense of this in my painting. It is very easy to loose this freshness of touch in painting as there’s so much more to consider than in a drawing, colour choices for a start. I really enjoying seeing the physical painted mark, the decisions that all stack up and work together like cogs in a machine to create the overall image.
Fingers crossed for a positive result in February. Keep watching.