Here is a picture of my friends Douglas and Alicia with their two sons:
Here is the latest version of my portrait of Sinead.
This is 380 x 280 mm on Arches Hot Pressed, which is a nice smooth surface on which to work.
This is how far I have got now. I have finally got the drawing right but am not so keen on the painting.
This is 280x380mm and is on Arches Cold Pressed. It feels a little overworked. Time to review the approach of Charlie Boy (Herr Reid).
Here is a portrait of Sinead from one of her Matric Dance photos.
This is Sam. She is the grand-daughter of my good friend and tip-top watercolourist Mary Serrurier. Sam models for a group of painters and offered to sit for me. So one afternoon in between meetings in town we had a quick session. OK portraits are hard and this is what I did from photos that I took. This took much longer than the hour I had sitting with Sam. Maybe its a bit over-worked. But I am happy with this.
This is on Arches Hot Pressed and is 380x280mm
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Once I settled down I got some good likenesses.
So we started closed out 2010 with the cousins in the Cape Town waterfront – throngs of people all peaceably enjoying company with friends to see in the new year. I returned to our table to find Margie and Tim drawing Torril – our friend from Norway so I sat next to her to do a quick sketch of Tim before he started moving.
OK so I have been dabbling in facebook. And if you think blogging sucks time out of your day, well, facebook is MUCH worse. much much MUCH worse. But… there is an up side. I have come across some amazing painters, some friendly people and one or two people who clearly have to get over themselves – mmm – delete friend. Anyway not to get too sidetracked…
Last week after hiking up to view the snow in the mountains above Franschoek we went down to the town for a coffee before driving home. I was frustrated at going up with palette and paper but no brushes so I sat and sketched the people at our table. In the end I only had time to paint fair Sinead before everyone jumped up and headed home:
At first I was not going to post it but have decided to put all work up – so
It is not too bad I suppose.
Here is a photo of our lunch spot. It was all too vast to capture on film: