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Hilary scan of painting

A painting commission

Commissioned portrait that I painted last week – an underwater swimmer – Hilary – with gold leaf fragments for bubbles. Unlike most of the swimming commissions so far, this is in paint, not a digital creation. The gold leaf doesn’t show up very well on the scanner, so I’ve photographed it as well, which catches the light on the gold better. The size is about 5.5 inches square.

Hilary close-up

Hilary close-up

Hilary scan of painting

Hilary scan of painting

Hilary photo of painting

Hilary photo of painting

Charlie sketch

In Norfolk

Charlie sketch

Charlie sketch

Cat-of-the-day has been rather neglected of late, in favour of artwork I actually have to get on with, so this weekend visiting my brother’s family in Norfolk I made an effort to draw things: people and dogs, specifically. The modern tendency to stare into a screen for long periods of time is not a great social habit but it is quite useful for portraiture, since the screen-viewer tends to be immobile for long periods of time with their face gently lit by the screen. Babies and dogs, however, cannot use smartphones or ipads, and so are a lot more difficult to capture in this way.

Tessa sketch

Tessa sketch

Tony sketch

Tony sketch

two brief dogs and an even briefer baby

two brief dogs and an even briefer baby

The Secret Swimmer

Underwater: undercover

I know a certain lady fond of dipping. I would not be surprised if she had swum, summer and winter, in half the rivers and lakes in Somerset. How she gets about to them all is a wonder, not least the question of how she finds them all out in the first place. So I began to wonder if she might have a job involving a lot of local travel, perhaps a sales rep or similar, and drove around the county enthusiastically leaping out of her car, flinging off her clothes and joyously slipping into the local waterways en route to her appointments. I imagined her in a sharp suit, briefcase of sample books in one hand, surreptitiously dripping pond water , with waterlilies in her hair. Though of course she could simply be a secret agent…

The Secret Swimmer

The Secret Swimmer

Kez with green hair and skull cherries

Green hair and skull cherries!

Kez, again, in the pub, again. I will admit that this doesn’t look as much like Kez as a couple of other ones I drew of her; I was trying to catch a momentary expression, rather than a ‘Kez-sitting-still-because-I-am-drawing-her’ kind of pose, and it’s much harder to get that accurate enough for a close likeness. The hair is fairly accurate however, and she did have skulls on her cardi in the shape of bunches of cherries!

Kez with green hair and skull cherries

Kez with green hair and skull cherries

mysterious darts player

Mysterious darts player, 9th July

Often I see something, or someone, whilst out and about, that seems to need committing to sketchbook, just because. But these are things that are usually fleeting, and would have to be drawn from memory. Never got round to it until now. Apologies to this chap, but he was odd, standing there in the street with his fist-full of darts and no dartboard. It is not a flattering sketch… on the whole I do not do flattery, unless you are a cat.

mysterious darts player

mysterious darts player