In the summer I was commissioned to paint a family portrait as a 40th birthday present. Commissioned as a gift for his wife, I worked with the client to create a portrait that captured the family including characteristic outfits for each of them.
I know the family very well so that helped to capture them, but I also used source photos to get the details right. I was also able to make some late changes as the painting developed – for instance to change the baby’s sleep suit to one that had become a family favourite. As ever, I worked closely with the client throughout the process.
They’ve given their permission for me to also share a few of the source photos used for the painting:
The title of the work uses “bee” as this is special to the family. There’s also a bee hidden on the back of the painting.
Let me show you the painting in progress as it developed:
It was such a pleasure to make this work and the client and his wife were delighted with the painting. Portraits are always challenging. Trying to capture the character converted into a RachelCreative style can be tricky but also very rewarding and I hope I get to do more.
I’m available for commissions – just send me an email.
C’est un cycliste.
It’s a good year to draw a cyclist I think – British success in the Tour de France, 2012 Olympics and I got to watch the Tour of Britain close to home.
Ink & watercolour, A4 (approx 8.5″ x 12″)
My drawing for Lichfield’s 2012 Big Draw event “What is Drawing?”. Hope I make the deadline! If I do you might get to see my drawing amongst the others on display …
[In 2012] as part of The Big Draw, Lichfield District Council and the Untitled Art Group are inviting local people to send their drawings into the ‘What is Drawing?’ display.
Taking place from 20 October to 3 November 2012, the drawings will be displayed in the window of an empty shop, between O2 and Boots Opticians, on Bakers Lane in Lichfield’s Three Spires Shopping Centre.
Celia Houghton, Lichfield District Council’s Arts Development Officer, said: “We’re keen to show the importance of drawing in our everyday life and work, so if you’re an artist, architect, designer, pattern maker, engineer, planner, teacher or simply someone that likes to doodle, please send us your drawings into the ‘ What is Drawing?’ window display and exhibition…”
Councillor Louise Flowith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, commented: “Drawing is such a vital skill, and we’re keen to get a good variety of drawings to add to a display that will be seen by thousands of passing shoppers. We also hope the displays and workshops will encourage people to find out how their passion for drawing can be used in the world of work.”
I’m enjoying a bit of gentle swimming these days though I’m not skinny like this drawing.
Ink and watercolour 4×6″.
I made a mini Olympic Torch for my 1yr old niece Maud to celebrate the torch relay passing through Lichfield on 30th June 2012.
The torch is made from stiff cardboard with gold paint (bubble wrap used for the hole effect) with red and orange felt flames.
It was great to see the real torch (even if I did feel a little sceptical beforehand) and I’m very glad I made the effort. It was a little bit magical and very different to watching it on the telly or seeing pictures.
Lovely to see such a fantastic turnout and to see Lichfield packed with happy people (and hardly any cars about!).
The local young lady we saw carrying the torch, Molly, is only 14 and has already done loads for charity to help children with terminal illness. Very moving and I hope she and everyone who took part had a very special day.
Olympic Torch Bearer – Photo by CoasterMadMatt via Flickr
As for crafting thanks for the inspiration from Domestic Goddeseque and Vic from Entertaining Monsters
Pop up card I made for my dad’s recent 70th birthday. Seeing as 2012 is the year of the Queen’s jubilee, the Olympics in London and then the Euro football championship during his birthday I took that as my theme for the front of the card but inside I wanted him to know he’s my champion :)
As Christmas 2011 was on a bit of a budget I made a lot of our gifts. As well as biscuits I stitched some gifts mostly from beautiful patterns I found online.