SKY PORTRAIT ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2017/18 SERIES
I was thrilled to be selected for this a second year running. Arriving at The fabulous Wallace Collection at 7am (until 7pm). Knowing it was it was going to be a long day, I really appreciated family and friends being there. It was especially good meeting the other artists + the judges and presenters gave me a warm welcome. David Tennant appeared very handsome, slightly ‘sulky’ (as he described it) and an excellent sitter. Fairly early on, I approached the painting with a relatively, pure gut response, focusing on his mood. I wanted to savour the experience and luxury of working from life, making marks, less-confined to technology. I like to draw any structure directly on to the canvas with paint, in case I make any marks worth keeping for later. I could have done with more time, however, the final painting was lively and honest. I was happily surprised to be short-listed to the final 3. Since the day, the painting has changed a little as it has dried off and I have completed it.
COMMENTS MADE BY THE JUDGES AND PRESENTERS:
(re my self-portrait): ‘We were really impressed by (her) development and change. She’s a quirky artist anyway. I think she has continued that quirk with a slightly more focused and serious approach’.
‘She is showing us one of the greatest difficulties of paintings, which is eyes behind glasses and I think she has really pulled it off’
(After 1hr of painting): ‘Already some are picking-up on aspects of their (the sitters) character that others may not have been noticed by others.
(Half way) ‘I like Charlotte’s exhuberance’.
(Later-David): ‘Look at all those colours. It’s amazing. I look quite sulky. I’ve got very peachy lips though. I like that’.
(Later still) ‘I think this head is rather lovely, in a painterly, contemporary way’.
(After being short-listed) ‘There was something of David she caught which was rather poignant and there was an aspect of him that I could sort-of feel and didn’t see and she caught that’
‘ I find his body difficult but I think that nose is really, really clever’
‘She’s caught a mood and the little tiny bits of colour that you see in blocks across, really lift it’