Oil on Canvas, 20” x 16”
I slowed down the painting a bit during August and September. The weather was really good and my allotment needed tending. I did start a portrait of a member of the family, who will remain anonymous, because it was put on hold due to being interrupted by a commission.
I had a telephone call out of the blue. This lady knew of me as a portrait artist from a couple of occasions that I had raffled a portrait for charity, such as 013 Glyn Rees (over 5 years earlier!) It is her husband’s 80th birthday at the end of November and she was thinking of commemorating it with his portrait. Would I be interested? Of course I would.
I asked her to send me some photographs and she said that she would. This was late August.
The photos arrived at the beginning of October, with a letter saying that they had gone on holiday and would not be back before the start of November. This gave me little time to do the portrait, since I use 4 weeks after it is complete for drying and varnishing. I pulled out all the stops and completed on October 21st.
David Davies is a retired farmer from Little Nash, Freystrop, Pembrokeshire. He ran an Agricultural Services business. His wife, Muriel was delighted with the portrait. She sent me a nice letter to say so after the party where the portrait was presented. She said the only problem was that all of his children wished to inherit it.