Oil on Canvas, 20” x 16”
For her Christmas portrait, Vicky asked for portraits of both her grandparents. Since she has a birthday in early January I agreed to this. I could find few photographs of her granddad, Ronald, because he was normally the one taking the family photos. Hunting through the albums I came across a snapshot, measuring 3 ½ inches square.
Vicky (aged three) is on Ron’s lap. What made this pose cuter is that Vicky has her boots on the wrong feet! The dog is called Rufus. He was a bit mental!
The teddy’s name is Bluey. Our ex-neighbours Anne and Peter Wares visited us whilst the painting was in progress. Anne said that she still had Bluey in her attic. We retrieved it from her in time to include it in Vicky’s Christmas presents.
Ron was a graphic artist, (and an accomplished water-colourist). He ended his career as Managing Director of Rawlplug. He served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, and had some adventures to relate.
He loved and owned boats all his life, despite living in the Midlands. Each new boat was called ‘Rondo’ and spent most of its time sitting in the garden.
He passed away in 1996.