Portrait of my father in his early seventies

John, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 18 inches

John (2015), Oil on Canvas, 24 x 18 inches

Since I’m showing two portraits here, painted 15 years apart, I had thought I might make some reference to Shakespeare’s ‘Seven Ages of Man’ speech from As You Like It, but when I re-read it, I realised that nothing in the speech is very flattering e.g: “The sixth age shifts/Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,/With spectacles on nose and pouch on side/His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide/For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice/Turning again toward childish treble, pipes/And whistles in his sound”. Seems a bit unfair.

Other news:

I recently very much enjoyed talking about my personal take on painting portraits to a breakfast club organised by Obelisk Legal Support Solutions. I would like to describe that in  detail in my next post, but in the meantime you can read a summary on the Obelisk blog: http://theattic.london/2015/11/27/whats-in-a-portrait/

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Finally, I’d very much like to thank my piano teacher Phil Best, for setting up this new website. At some point I would like to do a post about the relationship between music and painting, but in the meantime if you like music and want to feel inspired please take a look at http://philbestmusic.com. Also, I especially recommend Phil’s performances on SoundCloud e.g. Clair de Lune

Portrait of my dad with a nod to Van Eyck

John in a Blue Dressing-gown, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 16 inches