Thought I might give the Equestrian Society exhibition at the Mall Galleries a go this year so I produced this picture with that in mind. Who knows?
We are putting on the 100 Faces show again this year at Horseshoe Lake Lodge in Lechlade, the same fantastic venue we used last year. We already have portraits pledged from 30 artists and expect to double that by the end of July. The exhibition is open to anyone who has attended one of my workshops.
Last year we supported Help for Heroes and this year we are supporting ChildLine.
Please come along and see the show if you possibly can, it will be just as fab as last year.
This is a demonstration picture, painted in oils and stands at 50" high. It was meant to be easy to see as audiences watched me work upon it.
I found it hidden in my studio under a pile of old bits of wood. Two days work and I managed to ressurect it. The age in the face has been created by adding thick lumps of paint and glazing over them with paynes grey and burnt umber to highlight the texture.
At the age of 14, my hormones were growing faster than my common sense. This was exasperated by the fact that I attended an all boys Grammar School, along with a few hundred other frustrated teenagers. Consequently, we used to talk nonsense about our experiences with girls, each trying to outdo the others.
Why is it that some artists, when showing someone a painting, begin by pointing out its faults? It is as if they want to beat the viewer to the draw (pardon the pun), in order to head off any criticism that may be forthcoming. However, this approach is more likely to promote criticism than encourage the viewer to offer confidence-building praise. We all say stuff like "go on tell me what you really think", but I'm not sure we mean it like that? After all, if someone responded that honestly, with "I think your painting stinks", we would most likely be seriously wounded. We need our criticism presented economically, and accompanied by some feel good comments in order to protect our fragile confidence.
“I just wanted to email you both to say thank you for a wonderful 3 days at your Portrait workshop. Thank you Mike for sharing your know-how and vast knowledge. I learnt so much from your workshop, and I cracked on with the Portraits as soon as I got home, because I didn’t want to forget anything you had taught me. I deeply appreciated our little talk at the end of the course, I have never received such encouragement. Thanks again ..”