This portrait of Evie and her sister Lily (shown on my Home Page) are currently on display at New Walk Gallery, Leicester as part of the Leicester Society of Artists Annual Exhibition 2014. The Preview is tonight and the exhibition runs from now until 10th January 2015. If you get a chance, make sure you visit as there are lots of amazing work from the LSA members…all of which are for sale! If you’re considering buying something but can’t make your mind up, have another look at this video by Indigo Blue Media entitled ‘How to buy Art‘
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As I mentioned in a previous post, I am running a series of Oil Painting Workshops at Maker’s Yard in Leicester. They are aimed at beginners or those with a little experience and are ideal if you have never painted in oils before but would love to have a go! I am limiting the number of attendees to just five so that each person is able to receive plenty of one-to-one help and encouragement. If you are interested in any of the dates shown here, please do get in touch using my Contact page.
I have been running Oil Painting Workshops at the beautiful Maker’s Yard in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. The Workshops carried out in 2013 were focussed on painting Still Lifes. This month I did my first Portrait Painting Workshop. It was held over two days and there were four attendees. All attendees produced amazing work and they seemed to really enjoy the experience! Two of them have booked on to the One Day Workshop in April!
Back in October I was invited to be included in a film that was being commissioned by Creative Leicestershire entitled ‘How to Buy Art’. It was created by the very talented team at Indigo Blue Media and it is now complete and available to view. I want to thank Creative Leicestershire , as well as Catherine, Ben and Steve (at Indigo Blue Media) for featuring me in this amazing film and I would also like to thank Kay (the lovely buyer in the film) for saying such wonderful words!
These mini paintings have all been commissioned recently and then given as gifts as either Wedding or Wedding Anniversary presents. The two black and white paintings were both for a 50th Wedding Anniversary. I think they are a perfect gift idea…so if you know of anyone with a special day coming up, then please get in touch! All you need to do is email/post/deliver a photograph and allow at least a couple of weeks before your deadline! The cost for these minis (10cm x 10cm) is £35 unframed and £50 framed.
I am occasionally commissioned to paint group portraits for special occasions. These two were painted recently. The one featuring five children was for a 70th Birthday; the one with seven children was for a 100th Birthday! Both were surprises … and both were extremely favourably received!
I was recently featured in Leicester Mercury’s Saturday magazine supplement, ‘More’. The reporter phoned me up out of the blue to ask whether I would like to be featured as she was keen to write about a Leicester-based portrait artist! I figured it was just another form of ‘free’ marketing so agreed to go ahead! She carried out a telephone interview and then I was photographed the following day in my ‘artroom’. It was all a bit daunting and since it’s publication I have been approached by a variety of different people saying they’d spotted me…
I am currently working on a series of portraits for a proposed exhibition entitled ‘Faces of Leicester’. I was inspired by the recent August Sander photography exhibition at New Walk Gallery, Leicester and decided I would love to document a cross-section of people living in the city by painting a variety of faces. I want to paint them all the same size and format and then frame them the same too. I want to paint all ages, cultures and professions. So far I have either painted, or started to paint… ‘Dave’ who used to run the Boardroom skatepark; ‘Fatima’, originally from Kenya and now raising four of her own children (plus a few foster ones) and doing a brilliant job of it; ‘Malcolm’ and ‘Joe’ from Malcolm Murphy Hairdressing; ‘Chris’, who lives in Leicester and works for Charnwood Borough Council; ‘John’, one of the Hussein brothers, and restaurant entrepreneur; ‘Ady’, whose parents were originally from Jamaica, and who is a Western Park local hero; and ‘Nanny Rose’, who travelled to Leicester from India – on her own aged 25 – in the 60s and is a remarkable character…
So, as you can see, the list is already diverse but I would like it to be even more so. I’ll keep you posted…
I have recently been working on lots of commissions for Mini Paintings. I really love doing them and I think they are a good way for people to commission me if they can’t afford a full-size portrait. I have painted 1950s weddings, sisters from the Seventies, bunnies on a blanket, children sleeping, and lots more. The idea is that people can email (or post) me a photo and I will paint from it. I paint onto a 10cm x 10cm square of mdf board and then arrange for it to be framed it that is required.
It was the LSA Submission Day at Crown Hills School today. It was a really interesting morning. Five new members were selected but a couple of the people I voted for didn’t get in, so I felt a bit sorry for them.