I was sent a black a white photo of Kim's grandfather, who was in the services as a young man, with a challenge to see what I could do with it. The gauntlet had been well and truly chucked down, so I started, faltered badly and then half way through binned the painting. Luckily, I didn't tear it up as I usually do and just stacked it against my bin to go out with the rubbish later. Feeling that I had really failed, I dug it out a few days later and decided just to be brave and go for it. I have to be totally honest that it is not a good likeness but I am pleased with it from a painting point of view because it made me be a lot bolder with colour and tone than I usually am and, in the end, it taught me a lot of things about portrait painting that I needed to learn. Many thanks to Kim for providing the photo, the shove to make me do it and for the things that this challenge taught me. Also, thank you to Kim for the privilege of being able to paint his grandfather and also for allowing me to post it on the gallery.
About the Artist
I am a watercolourist first and foremost as I love the qualities of the medium, its riskiness and unpredictability. I started painting about 8 years ago and it has now become an integral part of my life. Hopefully, I will continue to paint into my dotage as I am given to understand that you can…View full profile