This is my second attempt at painting Imogen. You can see an early sketch here of the work in progress.
Self Portrait 1
I really do look this miserable when I paint.
This is a sketched oil on canvas portrait of my daughter Maude, who sat for a brief moment (she is 3 years old) before rushing off to bounce on the trampoline. I took a quick photo on my iPad and finished off the sketch!
As part of Sky Arts Portrait Painter of the Year competition, I was fortunate enough to get to paint the Paralympic Rugby Player, Michael Kerr.
We had four hours to paint a full portrait, with cameras everywhere and probably the odd cheeky comment overheard on the radio mic.
The Judges were Kathleen Soriano, Director of Exhibitions of the Royal Academy of Arts, Portrait artist Tai Shan Schierenberg and Kate Bryan, Head of Contemporary at The Fine Art Society. Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell were presenting.
I didn't win the heat but had great feedback from the judges and such a good day meeting other amazing portrait painters.
Wednesdays with Mum
This large painting was worked on every Wednesday through January and half of February 2013. I was trying to see just how much I could get done if I really worked hard and constantly on something, hence the growing canvas!
It was so enjoyable spending time with my mum and capturing her beauty. It also proved to me the importance of sitting with someone and not just working from photographs.
My Icelandic friend Una posed for this painting in exchange for editing an art film for her. I loved painting Una and hope I get the chance to again.
I travelled to Munich to sketch my best friend while she was pregnant. It's lovely to have a collection of drawings to capture those special months.
The gorgeous Anne posed for this oil on paper sketch in New York in June 2013.