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Harley Open, Still Life...

I'm so happy to find out today that my painting, Flamingo, was accepted for the Harley Open exhibition! I was really surprised to get through to the second round and convinced myself that I'd be fetching it back tomorrow! There were so many amazing entries, so I'm chuffed to bits, as it's the first time I've entered this competition and I wasn't expecting to get anywhere!


Accepted!!

I suppose the painting will remind people of the holidays they've been unable to take this year. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing!


If it sells, even better!


I suppose I was surprised as to me it's an old painting (even though it was only last year), and I can see myself improving all the time, so I don't look at it in the same way as my newer stuff.


I'm also making headway with my commissions, with only a few very minor adjustments to go.


I've already started on 2 new ones and a 3rd will get started this week. I'm so happy to be so busy with painting and commissions. I'd rather be doing that than floating on a rubber flamingo if I'm honest!








I've started a portrait of my eldest daughter, who is pulling a face in the picture. It's going to be a challenge to put in the funny expression without it looking like I've just painted it wrong. She is slightly cross eyed in the picture:


This is the underpainting. The canvas was painted over in black oil paint so I couldn't use an acrylic underpainting this time.


There is still a way to go with this one, but I'm looking forward to it, and at least that's another child that I can tick off the portrait list!


I've also done some initial underpainting on the still life.


It will be strange not having a flesh colour pallette! I'm looking forward to this one too, just to crack on with those reflections and the texture of the peel...


I don't think I'll be a permanent convert to still life painting, but it's good to try different things now and again, and I could in future incorporate more into my portraits. Recreate the Ambassadors painting by Holbein!


Speaking of recreation, I've been thinking a long time about making a modern day version of a Joseph Wright painting. I have a fairly large canvas going spare, but might go larger! Maybe just a section of the painting, and I'm not planning on putting any live birds in a bell jar!


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