Oil on Canvas, 18” x 24”
Tim is a friend of mine. We were in Junior School for a year when we were both 10 years old, although neither of us remembers the other. But we are standing next to each other in a class photograph! We then went our separate ways until our wives (Christine and Shirley) met each other and we had a get-together.
I painted the portrait as a barter bargain. My wife Christine has a kitchen trolley table which she uses frequently, when she is cooking and baking. One of the wheels fell off. We (i.e. she) fixed it, but it eventually fell off again. This repeated a couple more times, when it became more difficult to fix.
Tim has a large garden shed in which he spends his time on woodwork and engineering projects. He has some pretty good equipment there. I suggested that if he fixed our trolley table then I would paint his portrait.
He wanted to be painted working on his latest project, a replica steam engine. The catch was that he hadn’t finished it yet, but he wanted it to look like he had. Tim supplied some photographs of what it was expected to look like. To balance the composition I offered to fill the gap with a view of Shirley’s garden.
The painting took about six months to complete, because there were lots of family distractions around this time, and there was a lot to paint. I got there eventually, and the kitchen trolley wheel is still going strong.