Really enjoyed this oil painting of my son. It took me about 3 hours to complete but have to leave it to dry now. I don’t want to spoil it or loose any of the likeness to try and gain more of a likeness. It’s a difficult thing to do to know when to stop.
It’s good practice to do portraiture. It is teaching me to look, to observe and to keep going. Each time I do a portrait I get a little more confident. I gave not tried doing a full portrait yet with clothes or interiors or a still life. I think that is going to be my next challenge. there is so much to work on I can’t wait to get started.
Having graduated 20 years ago and only doing my MA is difficult because I feel I have 20 years of catching up to do. Not only that I didn’t go to university till I was 27 so there is another 7 years catching up to do at least. When I left school in 1986 the careers advisor asked me what I wanted to be. And I said an artist. His response was why ? Do you want to end up like Van Gogh ! If I had said yes I wonder where I would be now? So I have 27 years to make up for lost time! Getting to know more about other artists, their work and move my art forward. I feel I’m going as fast as I can at the moment but I want to do more and go faster ! I’m buying lots of second hand cheap books to make a collection of what I could have had by now!!