I’m really enjoying painting my friend, Rae at the moment. I’m working on a 3-session pose. It’s longer than I normally get with a model, so it’s a bit of a luxury and I’m making the most of it by using lovely buttery oils on a nice canvas board.

I’ve still got a bit more to do, but it’s building up nicely.  It’s getting some real depth and life in it now and adding the dark background has lifted her skin tones and made the highlights more luminous.

Watch this space…