Whilst welcoming visitors to my studio through Cheshire Open Studios I have been continuing with my portrait from life practise. I visited Two Doors Studio in Alsager again on Friday morning, this time the second owner, Ruthie sat for me whilst I sketched away. We talked and talked, it was quite therapeutic but during the time I took lots of photos with my phone and began sketching. There was a certain look when she talked, gazing into the distance that I liked, a playful little light in her eyes…..
Here are some progress drawings..
and here is the finished portrait…
At the end of the week (23 – 25th September) I will be running my first art auction online. It is something that quite a few artists do via facebook. I have decided to keep it to my cricket drawings and prints initially to see how it goes. The purpose is to obviously make sales but also allow customers to possibly get some discounts and to get to see all the drawings and prints in one place.
If successful I will run another along with a selection of other artists to bring you original drawings and paintings in an auction style event.
Here is the link to my event – DON’T MISS OUT!
In line with the auction I am also working on an original cricket drawing. My first that will be available for sale for some time. ..here is a progress slides show..
The finished piece I have called ‘Extra Special’ as he is a very special cricketer and he is executing a great extra cover drive. Here is the finished piece, you can view it on my website in more detail here or click on the image below…
No sales this week but lots of excitement in the world of cricket as the County Championship comes to its conclusion. It’s my first year following championship cricket, I can’t really believe I have not followed it before. Previously I have only really followed England cricket and had began to listen to it on the radio via TMS as I worked in my studio. It is a great companion, light hearted, addictive, funny and a real breath of fresh air from all the rubbish usually on the radio.
Missing my test match special days I started listening to the county cricket coverage on Radio 5 Live Extra. It seems an age ago that I first listened to a cricket match at Durham where they went off for snow and you could hear the wind whistling around the commentary box through the radio broadcast. Living in Cheshire, without a first class county I have no real team to follow so kept an open mind. Having to get used to a whole host of local radio presenters was a challenge, some are better than others, some are very funny and sometimes it can get quite heated. All held together marvellously by Kevin Howells and the BBC radio team.
The real positives that I have to report are the following: I now have a better understanding of how players move up through the ranks – previously they had just turned up for England and I didn’t know their history. Now there’s a great range of talented cricketers all vying for national selection. The real passion and knowledge of county cricket comes across so strongly through the radio coverage – these broadcasters know so much, they’ve seen so much and they share that with us in such funny, brilliant ways. Finally due to the wonders of the internet you can follow the matches you choose, since most of them are broadcast on the bbc website. As a result the last few weeks of the season were so addictive and so compelling I’m surprised I got any work done.
My favourite moment had to be Cally (Yorkshire) explaining how the ground would empty at Scarborough in time for the B and B brigade to get back and get settled in time for the evening meal – usually about 6pm
My thought and word of wisdom is this – as a result I went to watch a county game at Warwickshire. I am a cricket fan and I have always been one. There isn’t a whole lot of unconverted cricket fans out there, but by making county cricket more exciting, more accessible (possibly cheaper) with more competitions and opportunity to watch it gives more of an opportunity of current fans to get along and watch.