Monday, 19 September 2011

Underwater Beauty

Earlier this year I  was commissioned to do an imaginative portrait of a client’s wife as a surprise birthday gift. So with a couple of wedding photos as reference and a few snippets of information on the subject’s life and loves, I came up with this unusual underwater scene. It has elements of her past, present and hints of the future all amalgamated into one moment. I created it with pastel pencils on a board primed with pastel primer. It is my largest piece to date, measuring at roughly A1 in size. Doing it in pastels means that embarking on something of this size isn't quite as daunting or as time consuming as it would be to execute it in oils. When the big day arrived I was relieved and flattered to know that the subject was pleased and that it moved her to tears when she looked at it, a satisfying reaction indeed.

I just want to thank all those who have taken time to write generous comments on my blog over the last  year and apologies for not responding to them, its just because I haven’t worked out how to yet. I will try to soon.


  1. Beautiful. I love the little one curled up in the shell.

  2. Hi, I've only recently tagged along here but I love your work, especially those wonderful sproutings!
    What a spectacular portrait, so many details to keep finding around and behind her, the curled infant in the shell is beautiful... I'm sure this will be cherished by your clients!
    Carrie... :)

  3. I know she loves it. Such a lovely gift to create for someone - truly special.
    And it is a joy to find someone less tech-savvy than myself. Thanks for filling that role. (NNTR)

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