Joining the second week of Sky TV’s Portrait Artist of the Week challenge

Last Sunday, Sky TV’s second week’s guest sitter for the new Portrait Artist of the Week challenge organised by  Artist of the Year  was author and writer Bernardine Evaristo, whose novel Girl, Woman, Other won the Booker Prize 2019. I couldn’t resist painting Bernardine’s huge smile – that’s probably my first portrait ever showing teeth, as I was always worried thatContinue reading “Joining the second week of Sky TV’s Portrait Artist of the Week challenge”

Joining Sky TV’s First Portrait Artist of the Week challenge

Joining hundreds of artists in a portrait painting challenge. Last Sunday Sky TV launched the first-ever ‘Portrait Artist Of The Week‘ challenge on Facebook Live.  The organisers of the yearly contest Artist of the Year had the idea to unite painters from all over the world in a new weekly portrait painting challenge. Every week they invite aContinue reading “Joining Sky TV’s First Portrait Artist of the Week challenge”

Revisiting an etching by Lucian Freud

A different way to look at an admired artist’s work I am very fond of Lucian Freud’s etchings, so I decided to paint this study after one of his etchings from 1985 titled Girl Holding Her Foot.I painted this figure looking at the image upside down, in order to focus better on shapes and forms without too much interference ofContinue reading “Revisiting an etching by Lucian Freud”

Two female portrait studies, from greyscale to colour

The first portrait I painted under the turtorship of Atul Vohora at Heatherley’s was a black and white study, or rather a study using grey tones, from very dark to very light, mixed out of black and white oil paints. Working in monochrome presented similarities with my previous printmaking project, and allowed me to create aContinue reading “Two female portrait studies, from greyscale to colour”

Girl In A Red Dress

2019, oil on stretched canvas, 30 x 40 cm [sold] Using a limited palette of primary colours, this oil portrait focuses on the Spanish girl’s red dress matching the red background and her distant gaze. The red of the dress and background allude to the woman’s youth, vitality and determination, in spite of her seaminglyContinue reading “Girl In A Red Dress”