Robert Bathurst, Actor

Oil on oil paper, 16×12”

What was it Sir Winston Churchill said – “never, never, never, never give up.” So this morning I painted out the eyes and made what I think is a much better job of them. I hope you agree. Eyes and mouth really do make or break a portrait. Back to landscapes for a while now!

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Robert Bathurst, Actor

Oil on oil paper, 16×12”

Best known perhaps for his recent part in the TV production of Downton Abbey. Yes, I know the eyes are not right but I have struggled with them long enough. Any tips gratefully received!

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Daphne Selfe, model

Oil on oil paper, 16×12”

I have recently watched Portrait Artist of the Year 2018 on Sky Arts with great enjoyment and much inspiration. Daphne Selfe was one of the sitters and I thought I would try my hand to see how my work compared with that of the competitors. I found it quite a challenge to paint an elderly lady without overworking the wrinkles, but I am reasonably content with the result. Quite a departure from my usual landscapes.

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Anita Rani

Anita Rani is a well-known tv presenter in the UK. Without any doubt she is beautiful, which presented a challenge when I painted her. Her skin is so smooth and unblemished that it is difficult to get the planes and contours of her face right without making her look too old. I thought you might like to see the photos I took as the work progressed.

Oil on canvas, 16×12”

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David Tennant

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Charcoal on paper, 20×16”. £30 unframed. Carriage free.

I have been watching Portrait Artist of the Year 2018 on Sky Arts. Portrait painting is not something I do very often and consequently I am never satisfied with my efforts. I wonder what you think of this study of the actor David Tennant. It is certainly better than the drawings I have never submitted to my website, so here it is.

Lode Mill, Anglesey Abbey

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Acrylic on canvas board, 12×16”. £50 unframed, free carriage. Respond via comments.

Anglesey Abbey is a National Trust property near Cambridge in the UK. I visited it a while ago specifically to explore the winter garden and was not disappointed. Many varieties of snowdrops were evident, as were a few early daffodils and helebores. There were some stunning colours amongst the trees and shrubs. Lode Mill is a working watermill a short walk from the Abbey alongside the river, from where this scene was painted. Whole grain flour can be bought from the mill.