Now Twenty One

David - cropped square ws

Good one Andrea, despite the photo reference quality!

Better late than never Andrea! I look forward to a current portrait. You’ve made a good job of this one.

You’ve made a lovely job of this Andrea. She looks so full of beans.

I do like the nose - I wonder why everyone is assuming this is a 'she', in passing..... Had a thought the other day: I wonder what I'll doing when my great nephew, just born in June, reaches twenty - then realism kicked in: "you'll be dead, you fool!". Ah well - time does indeed zip by, and the older you get, the faster it goes.

Thank you Heather, very kind of you :- )

Thank you Linda, I may well do that, unfortunately we are separated geographically for a while. It would be a good project :- )

Thank you Carole, I should have pre-warned everyone this is my son. It’s those baby blue eyes and long lashes ... He’s six foot tall now and studying away from home, but you are right - he IS full of beans, he’s very funny! His girlfriend has just ‘liked’ this painting on facebook so it will be interesting to see what he thinks! (He didn’t know I was painting this!) :-) Thank you for commenting!

Thank you for this Lyn :-)

Thank you for the nose compliment Robert! It’s been a while since I’ve painted a ‘zoomed-in’ portrait - rather than a figurative painting - so it was a bit of a reminder in how challenging features can be, but I have to say it was a very exciting project too! Yes, I’ve had a similar thought myself - wondering if there might be a chance that I will still be here to see my children’s children at 21... Whatever happens, I feel very blessed to have seen both of mine to their coming of age. I’ll have to paint one of his sister next so that we stay equal on the amount of portraits each!

Thank you so much Maureen, very much appreciated :-)

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Painted to mark my second child's coming of age next month. Oil on gessobord, 12 cms x 13 cms. ** Top Tip: If you are thinking of painting a portrait of your own child - don't wait 20 years for them to grow up and leave home before starting! It turns out that having to use a bleached out, blurred photo as your only reference is really difficult!!!

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Andrea Hook

I have always loved art and as a child I would frequently be found drawing the trees in the garden. I first worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in London and Dorset for fifteen years. One of my favourite posts was illustrating natural-history display-boards in watercolour & ink for Dorset…

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