‘Portrait of Charlie’ (detail). Oil on panel, 11″ x 13″
A post that could alternatively be titled ‘Before I F***ed It Up’, this little portrait experiment had something good going on, lost it, got it back, then was butchered beyond repair as I tried to add the merest hint of colour where the lips meet… leading to a chain reaction of bad decisions.
I can’t bear to put the final stages of the portrait online, so here it is at a point where it had good characterisation, interesting brushwork and a subtle, understated palette.
Based near Cirencester in the Cotswolds, I mainly work in oils and charcoal using time honoured techniques.
A keen advocate of the practise of drawing from life (believing it to be crucial in developing the observational skills of the artist), I feel that the interaction between artist and subject is the defining essence in the creation of a piece of art.
Brownhound is the name of my web/graphic design business, which I have now stepped away from in order to concentrate on pursuing a career as a practising fine artist.
Having used the URL and email address for so long (and in honour of Sophie, the studio dog who inspired the name), I decided to stick with it as my point of contact. I'm glad you found me.