Portrait of a woman who needed an attitude readjustment.

Portrait of a woman who needed an attitude readjustment.

Love your titles and love your portraits!

Thanks Heather. At the moment I’m looking for expressions and attempting them from photo references. Then I think about how it has turned out, ‘cause it usually looks different to the reference when I’m finished, and I look for a relevant story based on my life experiences, with a little poetic licence. I love looking for a story too. I put this one up for my friends on Facebook as ‘Portrait of a work colleague with attitude, whose probity was constantly coming into question and who was quick to take lovers’. Thanks for your encouragement ‘cause it makes me want to do another one and doing it helps keep me sane.


Love it Michael. It’s always possible to relate your characters to someone we know. Good job we don’t see ourselves as others see us, as who knows what people are saying about us. Personalities are so varied and rich with foibles and its fun and interesting to try to represent them in art. Keep them rolling in Michael, as you provide a great source of intrigue and plenty to think about. 😊😊👍

Never stop Michael, they bring joy....

Thanks very much Carole. And ten out of ten for social understanding. And precisely, yes, I’m no angel either and I bet you aren’t too.

Thanks Jim. Yours do too. I bet you’ve been to one or two wild parties.

Just great. This really stands out in the gallery. I don't use much ref material, when I do I can relate to your 'looks different to the reference.' I guess it's because you're putting your own stamp on it. But whatever...an excellent result.

Personalities? Michael I have one for every day and every situation.....depending on what the situation calls for.....lol. I love your ‘real’ portraits, they cover a wide range of emotions and attitudes, keep doing them because you are excellent at them. We represent the threads that go to make up the rich tapestry of life, the gold and silver threads as well as the plain and darker hues. Great portrait Michael.

Thanks for your kindness and inspiration over a long period of time now Fiona. I do enjoy doing these but, like everything else, including girlfriends, it gets a bit boring after a while. I only find repetition therapeutic for a while and need to look for another way. One thing I never get bored with is you and your lovely, positive and intellectual comments. I think I love you.

Another good and funny portrait, Michael.

Oh Michael......how long have you been suffering these feelings? The last thing I want to do is break your heart, 💔 and I’m flattered that you have singled me out, I’m honoured. But would it work, I have personality disorders, you have a low boredom threshold.....It would be a constant battle on the canvas. I give you my heart Michael but I’m sorry, you can’t have my faces. You’re my favourite conversationalist X

Fiona. O my Luve is like a red, red rose That’s newly sprung in June; O my Luve is like the melody That’s sweetly played in tune. So fair art thou, my bonnie lass, So deep in luve am I; And I will luve thee still, my dear, Till a’ the seas gang dry. Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear, And the rocks melt wi’ the sun; I will love thee still, my dear, While the sands o’ life shall run. And fare thee weel, my only luve! And fare thee weel awhile! And I will come again, my luve, Though it were ten thousand mile.

Had we never loved sae kindly Had we never loved sae blindly Nor never met, nor never parted We would never have been so broken-hearted......ae fond kiss 💋

Ae fond kiss but we’ll never sever.

Hang on Studio Wall

Acrylic on canvas 12x11 inches.

About the Artist
Michael Mcmanus

I was born in 1946. In the 1960s and part of the 70s I was an airman in the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm. I joined Durham Constabulary in 1971. In 1999 I retired from policing and began teaching sociology and criminology at Durham University with emphasis on policing and researching crime. I've just…

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