Another fun sculpture course in salisbury
Great fortnight running the Sarum Studio Sculpture course
Had Fun sculpting Tony this week
Join us at the Sarum studios new tuesday night sketch sessions!
A new range of handmade traditional mediums and materials from the Sarum Studio.
Very pleased to have been asked to paint the sign for Salisburys new art shop Noble Art,
Having fun working on my current portrait of Martin, I just wish there was room on the canvas to include his dog Matilda!
This Monday I will be donating a portrait commission to the Christies Auction Where art meets Craft, All proceeds from the Auction will go to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship trust, helping to continue the Trust continued support of British Craftsmanship.
We have been experimenting with scultpure at the sarum studio and will be running a sculpture course in september. Here is my second attempt at a figure sculpture.
On the 4th of November I left Florence after living there for three years. Farewell Florence I will miss you.
Everybody knows Michelangelo's David, Less well know is this incredible piece by Giambologna just a few short miles from Florence.
Have enjoyed sculpting my first nude in clay, and my last work in Florence.
I have two pieces on display at the Royal West of England Academy's Annual open Exhibition in Bristol from October 4th - November 29th. www.http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2015/08/163-annual-open/
Have just arrived back in Florence after two day visit to London to sign prints of my painting of the Queen at the Illustrated London News. Thank you to everybody who has ordered one they will be with you shortly! Signed limited edition prints can be ordered here http://www.recordreign.com/portrait/
In addition to the portrait in Oils, I produced this charcoal sketch of the Queen for the Record Reign publication. It was inspired by the Forestier portrait of Queen Victoria commissioned for the original 1897 publication. This allusion to the original portrait suggests that despite the great social and economic changes that have occurred during the 118 years that separate the two works the monarchy endures providing stability in an ever changing world.
This week the Illustrated London News will unveil my portrait of the Queen. It was a terrifying privilege to be asked to paint this remarkable woman, who has given her life to the service of our country. In my painting The Queen looks off into the distance, perhaps surveying her record reign, or looking forward to the glorious years ahead of her.
In June I was commissioned to paint Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by the Illustrated London News. The ILN was the world’s first illustrated periodical. In 1897 they published 'A Record number for A Record Reign' This was a lavishly produced book celebrating the reign of Queen Victoria, Britain's longest serving Monarch. On the 9th of September 2015 Queen Elizabeth will overtake her great great grandmother to become Britain's longest serving monarch. To mark this occasion the ILN will release a limited edition commemorative book set. This will include a reproduction of the original 1897 record reign publication, alongside a companion volume celebrating the reign of Queen Elizabeth. A softback magazine featuring a popular overview of the Queens reign is also to be released. My portrait will appear in both publications.
For every copy of the book and magazine sold the ILN will make a donation to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship trust. QEST funded my first year of study in Italy and help many others to pursue there dreams each year. As my studies in Florence draw to a close I am very proud to have played a part (however small) in this project which will enable others to benefit from QEST funding, as I have.
More information about this publication and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship trust can be found on the websites listed below.
I will be exhibiting as 'Secret studio number 40' as part of Bridport Open studios this weekend. For more information http://www.bridportopenstudios.co.uk/word/?page_id=5007