BP Portrait Award 2011


This week I had the pleasure of visiting the BP Portrait Award 2011 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery with my good friend James.  I loved this exhibition last year, and this year was no different.

One thing I love about it is that it’s open for anyone to enter.  And that means you get a wide variety of artists and a wide variety of styles side-by-side.  So one minute you might be looking at a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters one minute, and a recent art graduate the next.  And portraits of the famous and influential share a wall with parents and children and ballroom dancers.  I have to resist the temptation to rush to find out who’s coming up next.  As it is, I have to go round twice.

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“Orchids”

The result of a satisfying weekend’s painting.  The colours are a bit weird on the photo, but you get the idea.  I painted this piece to try out some ideas for a bigger painting I want to do for my parents’ new hallway.  Usually I do a lot of sketching beforehand, but this time I … Continue reading “Orchids”