Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Monday, 29 May 2017

We have 4 Portrait Shuffle entries to share with you today!

Marsha Cochrane, Canada


Simone de Haan, The Netherlands


Maria Lorenzo Sachs, Switzerland


Margaret Miles, Australia

A note with Margaret's entry explains: "...it is hard to imagine the terror of those schoolgirls from Nigeria who were kidnapped. Then the anguish of their mothers, not knowing. And now they are home, but their lives will never be the same. I called my painting " - and now?" The girls looks are undamaged and yet they are bewildered and afraid."


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Margaret Kay and Lesley Barton - Portrait Shuffle entries

Hello again! Today we have 2 delightful portraits by Margaret Kay and Lesley Barton. Thank you ladies for supporting the Shuffle! Your work is amazing.

Lesley Barton


and Margaret Kay



Monday, 22 May 2017

Chantal Guillermet - Portrait Shuffle entry

Thank you Chantal for your lovely piece that arrived this morning from France! Chantal says the portrait is of Leonard Cohen. The picture was transferred to silk organza and embroidered - except the face. The silk organza was removed at the end.


Saturday, 20 May 2017

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Bente Vold Klaussen - donation to the Portrait Shuffle

Internationally famous textile artist, Bente Vold Klaussen has kindly donated a piece of her work to the Portrait Shuffle, images below. Will you be lucky enough to receive this piece in the post?? You have to be in it to win it 😉








Thursday, 11 May 2017

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Trial and mostly error! Experimental portrait painting.

I've never found portrait painting easy. I started off about 5 years ago thinking it was impossible to capture those fleeting looks and expressions in paint, so I was slightly surprised to find a comment from a lovely lady on Instagram telling me that I made portraiture look easy. It isn't, but I like a challenge!

Here's the image of the nose that I was painting at the time. This is one of a series of portraits I'm working on about the people in my home town - this being the Town Clerk.



I thought you might like to see some of the bits and bobs that don't make the "finished" pile!!

Today I've been experimenting with a different style of painting. I did this monoprint on gesso a while back and it's something I wanted to take further.


I just decided to have a play and see what happened, so started off by collecting a few things around me that might be useful. I had a hankering for red, black and white for some reason. I have to say that nothing wonderful came of it, but here's photos of the different stages so you can see.


Adding acrylic paint roughly.

Adding white gesso over the top and scraping a bit.

Adding black gesso and scraping a bit more.

Back to white gesso to put on an egg shape for a face. I gently scraped the gesso with a palette knife for the features.


Adding some hair, neck and shoulders.


 And a little watery green. Don't worry (in case you were wondering) - it's not part of the Shuffle!!









Wednesday, 3 May 2017