Portrait in Charcoal

Margaret in Charcoal
Margaret in Charcoal

Although I’m best known for my watercolours of cityscapes, landscapes and seascapes, I’ve painted a number of portrait commissions, going back to the mid 1980’s. I’ve recently found myself being drawn back to the artistic challenge of capturing people’s portraits from life. This particular drawing of Margaret was made over three sittings in charcoal and was a preliminary study for an oil painting that can be seen below.

The oil painting took four sittings and I have to say that Margaret was a lovely model to paint. She was able to sit motionless for a couple of hours at a time and has beautiful features that are a delight to paint. Her family and those who know her say that both pictures are a very good likeness and that I’ve really captured her personality. I’m looking forward to painting her again soon.

Margaret in Oils
Margaret in Oils

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