Category: Pastel

Sibling portraits, 15 years later

portraits of siblings

Aeons ago, when our children were at the same nursery school in Shepton Beauchamp, Tam and Dan Mason commissioned me to do pastel portraits of their children, Max and Izzie. Fast forward 15 or so years and the ever youthful Tam – of the wonderful Tam Mason Handscrub fame – is about to turn 50. […]

Capturing the captivating Claudia in pastel

The Sitter An enchanting 6 year old, Claudia has a timelessness that is captivating. She is engaging and curious, but has a gentleness and stillness that belies her years. I thoroughly enjoyed every stage of this portrait. And am looking forward to meeting her sister Agatha in 2 years time for her portrait. Sometimes, I […]

Pastel Portraits of Two Brothers

An interesting commission this, from a friend and fellow artist who had studied at the same school – Charles Cecil Studios in Florence. It is always difficult to draw one’s own children with the necessary degree of objectivity, so Katie had entrusted me to capture them. But obviously with shortage of expectation. No pressure then! […]

Rufus, the dog with the longest eyelashes

Rufus, a 2 year old cocker spaniel has to be one of the most delicious dogs I have ever known. So amenable, obedient, so eager to please. And entirely focussed on his master, Simon. His coat was as soft as silk. But the most enticing thing about him was the length of his eyelashes. I […]

Third Portrait to Complete the Family

Pastel portrait of young boy

Harry is the youngest son of my cousin, the very talented artist Mary-Ann Watt. His older sisters, Isla and Florence, had had their portraits done by me several years earlier when they respectively turned 10. Now, finally, it was Harry’s turn. The Sitter Only boy, and youngest of 3, Harry has a fabulous mop of […]

Informal Pastel Portrait of Roddy – a Larger than Life Military Historian

informal pastel portrait of a military historian

  When Roddy came to pick up the portrait of his wife, Sian, there was a general consensus that really it was only right and fitting that he should have a portrait painted of himself.    But rather than have a matching “his ‘n hers”, he felt that his portrait should be completely different. Where her […]

Pastel Portrait of Yasmin

  About the Sitter Yasmin H was my youngest daughter’s best friend at primary school and a regular and much loved in our house. Even at 7, she was extraordinarily beautiful – olive-skinned, greeny-hazel eyed and wonderful leonine hair; but she was also kind, gentle, serene, warm and loyal. And absurdly talented at whatever she turned her […]

Florence – Pastel Portrait of a Young Girl

  I had painted Florence’s sister, Isla, a couple of years ago when she was 10. Isla, see below, was a beautiful, relatively shy, dreamy, bookworm brunette. The pose we chose then reflected that and had a gentle serenity about it as she gazed out of the picture. Two years later, in bounced Florence. Completely […]

Scrappy – A Pastel Sketch of The Most Beloved Jack Russell Terrier

  The Story Scrappy is responsible for my having 2 Jack Russell terriers. For two reasons. Firstly, historically, I had always had big dogs. Didn’t really ‘do’ small dogs. Ankle-biting yapping things that follow big bottomed handsome women of a certain age, as far as I was concerned.  Then I met Scrappy. And within minutes I knew without […]

Iris – Pastel Portrait of a Young Girl

pastel portrait of a young girl

  Iris, 6 years old, is the youngest of three. Bright, determined, confident, mischievous and with a wonderful mop of hair. I had drawn Gus’ and Honor’s portraits 5 and 3 years ago, respectively, when they were both 6. So their pastel portraits came back with Iris so that I could have them with me while […]

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