If you watch the Portrait Artist 2019, you'll know that every entrant has a different and unique way of painting portraits. It's my idea of hell to be stuck in front of a crowd painting a portrait in just 4 hours but I'm glad others don't mind, as I find it fascinating viewing! My portraits build in gentle layers so don't look much at the start.
As you'll know from the last couple of posts I've got to work again on quilts. Yesterday I began to put in some base colours for The Final Vision. I'm thinking of changing the name to Like Mother Like Daughter, simply because this is no longer the final vision I have of my mother. I have a confession to make here; as I was sitting next to mum when she was really ill, I took some photos mainly to send to family members as they wanted regular updates. As things got worse I stopped sending, but kept them- I felt that they would have been too upsetting for others. The artist in me recognized they would have made amazing paintings, but I deleted them all after she died, as I felt it would be rather crass to use my mother in this way. I know other artists don't think the same as I've looked at many paintings and depictions of death, but it just seemed wrong to me.
I have also applied for a gallery at FoQ for 2021 and submitted the necessary form and images, but don't know if I'll get one. To be fair I don't have a lot of evidence of work over the last 2 years! They have asked me to give regular updates on finished work, so I guess that's kind of a yes, but also not a commitment! I'll give it a go and see where I end up. I wanted to have a goal to work to - only an exhibition is likely to work for me as I'm quite conscientious and the timing would keep me on track!