Lockdown Commission

oil painting portrait commission

The Covid pandemic has been so very disruptive to my art practice, with commissions postponed, exhibitions cancelled, and my studio closed down for months.
But this particular commission was the exception, as it came my way because of the pandemic. A group of friends struggled to think of an interesting birthday present for their housemate, when the usual “experience” gifts are somewhat limited with covid restrictions. So what better gift can you give someone than a commissioned portrait đŸ™‚

 

HCF Summer Open

hcf summer show art exhibition

I have a couple of paintings on show in the HCF Summer Exhibition, at The Halpern Gallery in Chatham. Yes, actual paintings, in a real gallery. It almost feels like things are getting back to normal…

Okay, so there wasn’t a PV, and face masks are required if you do want to pay a visit. But it’s a first step. And it feels good seeing my two recent portraits hanging on the wall.

The Halpern Gallery is located in the Nucleus Arts complex, just off Chatham High Street. It is open Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm, until the 31st August. Their website is here.

hcf summer show art exhibition

Recent portrait paintings.

portrait of young woman wearing denim jacket
Detail from Woman in Denim Jacket

Here are detail photos of a couple of portraits that I’m just finishing up. The above “Denim Jacket” painting has been particularly fun to paint. The model was someone who responded to a callout for volunteers to model. I found the fabric and jewellery a nice challenge.

detail from a painting of a young internet model
Detail from Portrait of Beth