in 1995, I had an exhibition of portraits in Brittany, France. The portraits were of people I had painted in the United States, Wales, England and France.
I was asked by the Gallery to give watercolour demonstrations during the month of the exhibition. Given that it was based on portraiture, I decided to ask some of some of the local people to sit for me.
Although I had painted water colour portraits over the previous years, this proved to be the beginning of my painting spontaneous watercolour portraits wherever I travelled. I quickly realised that using the spontaneity of watercolour, I could capture the essence of my subject in about thirty minutes or less.
I painted this large portrait of Caroline, when giving a painting demonstration in Le Pecq, Paris some years after the exhibition in Brittany.
In this instance, I am painting the portrait on an already prepared cadmium orange ground.
I am using juicy watercolours from tubes – and as is always the case with my portraits of humans or animals, I draw with my brush and begin with the eyes.
Caroline was a wonderfully colourful and dramatic subject….
I am feeling the urge to get on the road again and paint more portraits:)
subjects with a sense of immediacy and