It's a soggy Sunday here in Kent, and I have been well and truly abandoned. The family have gone toy car racing and the dog is pretending to be asleep for fear he'll be taken for a walk in the rain. I am not brilliant at relaxing so wasn't sure what to do with ,myself and was on the verge of taking the desperate measure of tidying the kitchen cupboards when I remembered this painting. It's been sneaking around the back of my mind for a while now, waving at me while I'm workin
This family are no strangers to my drawing board. I drew Natasha and Evie when Evie was just a baby, then again when Dan and Natasha got married in 2013. I know Natasha had been wanting to update her collection for some time as, since their wedding portrait, a little sister had arrived for Evie and they had also bought themselves a rather lovely new house. The picture was a Christmas gift for Natasha from her Mum, and even though it was one of the first Christmas commissions
As part of my daughter's school topic 'Art on Your Doorstep', I was asked to go in and talk to the children about my work. While discussing this with her teacher, I blurted out that I was really interested what would happen in children were asked to make a portrait that was not so much a picture of what a person looks like, but what they ARE like, and before I knew it I'd agreed to run a whole day of workshops on the subject. I was looking forward to it but also, I'd never do
Oh, I loved making this beachy picture, even though it took me the best part of a week to do those pebbles (it's 16x20 inches)! It's set on Seaham beach and features Jen and her family, who used to live nearby and still misses it. The image was commissioned by Jen's friend Kim as a birthday gift.
Daisy and Maya are off for an autumn stomp in the woods, wearing their wellies and accompanied by their trusty companions, Soft Tiger and Ronald. This image was commissioned by Daisy and Maya's aunt, Sam, who gave it to her sister-in-law as a birthday gift.
Next up for my Christmas commission shares is this family image, commissioned by Rich's sister, Sarah. They love to visit Rushmore Country Park and if you are familiar with it too you may recognise 'the big chair' that the children are sitting in. Excellent excuse for me to add more wood grain!
I am pleased to be able to share one of my secret commissions, created for a gift and kept under wraps until it had been safely delivered! This active bunch were commissioned by Sam for his sister Debs, who celebrated her 50th birthday in December. Happy Birthday, Debs!