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A porrtait of a weary adventurer sailing home

Homeward bound 46 x 60cms Oil on gallery wrap canvas

My  portrait ” Homeward Bound ” has just been awarded 1st Prize in the CA Brown Artshow !
Here are the judge’s comments . 

The judge said - The portriat is a wonderful study , capturing his love of the sea and showing his journey through life in his face. the character of the man was so very well and sincerely portrayed.

500Brian with his portrait

I’m a member of a group that regularly paints from a model.. The group have a yearly exhibition where we have to paint a Hunter person of note. This is my 2014 entry.

Brian is a former professor of Newcastle University. Since retirement he has really got into sailing. He has sailed around Australia and just been over to sail around Cape Horn.

I am also a sailor and was very inspired to paint him!

The portrait wasn’t a commission, just one for me, so  I told Brian it wouldn’t be the most flattering portrait.s I wanted to capture the old sea dog type of feel- a sailor weary from a long day at sea.

With my commissioned portraits I always create a flattering portrait!

The painting was created from about 7 separate photos – one of his face , another for the pose , a few for his wetgear , several for the setting.

To see the stages of it’s creation you can go to my Blog for March 2014.