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Tess and Maya


I had a lovely surprise yesterday.    Tess and Maya (the two models in this image) have returned from S. America after three years and will be modelling again this summer….

This prompted me to tell the story of Tess and Maya.


Three years ago, when I was doing a lot of life painting at the Boathouse Studios,  I arrived to find a  lovely young model accompanied by her Mother who was looking after her new baby.

During the break, the young girl said that she would have to go home because of the baby….and so it was suggested that they model together.


The studio was very warm and quiet.   Little Maya settled in with her Mother and totally relaxed….


This was quite a fast watercolour…..and here you will see that I am adding a dark into the negative space, surrounding Mother and child. 


Which leads me to the final frame.

Such a beautiful experience….and so now I look forward to painting Tess and Maya again, only this time little Maya is three years old….


Another one of those days when the magical hummingbirds were definitely hovering:)


A Bientôt

Mother and Child

About a year and half ago I arrived at the Boathouse Studio expecting to paint an adult model.   At first glance there was a lovely young woman waiting to pose, and then I saw that she had a beautiful baby girl in tow!      I asked the model if she would be happy to pose with baby….which was the beginning of a lovely experience.



The studio was warm and quiet which agreed with both Mother and child, and so amazingly they were able to pose together for most of the day.     The only sounds Baby made were happy gurgles:)

This was a five minute watercolour sketch working from a colour ground.   I like to call these rapid images, exploratory sketches because they allow me to familiarise myself with the subject. 


During that day, I painted many watercolour sketches of Mother and Child.     It was one of those experiences you could never orchestrate or plan…..it just happened.     

Twenty minute sketch working from a colour ground.   Watercolour and Gouache. 




I like to paint details from my models.    In this image I was attracted by the tender quality of Mother’s hands enveloping the child. 

Watercolour on white paper. 




About six months after the first session, I arrived at the Studio to find Mother and Child had returned for a visit, before moving to South America.    

Baby was now full of life and energy.    At one point the baby was put on the floor which was when I made this quick sketch.

Watercolour on white paper. 


It’s not often that I get to cuddle my models…..however in this case, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience:)    

This photograph of me with baby was taken on the second visit.    Baby was growing into a lively little child full of character and personality. 


Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend.    I will be back here on Monday. 

A Bientôt