Beginners Guide to Portraiture

Had a very enjoyable time yesterday at Bowery Visual Arts delivering a beginner’s guide to drawing portraits. I gave a brief talk about my paintings and the processes behind their creation. Then we looked at Daily Drawings and the mark making techniques I use. We experimented with pens to create similar definition, patterns and textures and lighting effects. Finally we developed an observed portrait using a range of these techniques.

Thanks to all the participants for their positivity, enthusiasm and willingness to experiment, and Bowery for hosting. I’ll be presenting another session, Introduction to Painting on 3 September. You can book by calling the gallery, or online via

My joint exhibition with Helen Field is on to view until 20 May. Drop in for ‘A Splash of Colour’ – and a lovely coffee too! This YouTube video tour gives a flavour of what to expect.

More exhibition news to follow next week. Keep safe, and thanks for looking.