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Win a custom portrait

In October I began a new artists newsletter telling people about my artwork, inspiration and local events.  The next 100 people to sign up will be entered into a draw to win a custom portrait.

Using your photos* I will create a unique original painting or drawing of a loved family member or someone special (human or non-human) in your choice of medium. You can see some examples of my portraits below, and more here.

If you already subscribe to my newsletter I don’t want to leave you out; so if you’d like to be in with a chance to win a portrait then:

1) Share this page with your friends and family https://jmr.org.uk/win-a-portrait/.

2) After they sign up, ask them to send me a quick email/Facebook message telling me your name, and I’ll also enter you in the draw.

Sign up here to receive my art newsletter and to be entered into the draw:

* I will need high quality photos showing detail of the person or animal. If you win I will let you know exactly what is needed.

Good luck!

'Jack'. Charcoal.

‘Jack’. Charcoal.

'Drew'. Charcoal and pastel.

‘Drew’. Charcoal and pastel.

'Wondering'. Acrylic.

‘Wondering’. Acrylic.

'Teddie'. Pencil

‘Teddie’. Pencil


'Kate knitting'. Watercolour.

‘Kate knitting’. Watercolour.



'Badsworth'. Oil on canvas.

‘Badsworth’. Oil on canvas.











Charcoal portrait

My art class this morning were practising drawing faces in charcoal, using putty rubbers (and electric rubbers, which are brilliant although they sound like dentist’s drills!) to lift out the highlights. It’s a good method to use when the subject is dimly lit. This is my unfinished drawing, sorry dude…

Charcoal portrait drawn using putty rubber

Charcoal portrait drawn using putty rubber

Emma reading Middlemarch. Watercolour

She was a very good model. Its fascinating how difficult portrait painting is. I find it more difficult than any other subject, including life drawing. Its something to do with trying to capture somebody’s personality, which I think is more than a simple likeness (in itself hard enough). Sometimes you can sketch someone really simply, just a few lines, and it is unmistakably them, other times you can labour over a painting for hours and it evades you. I like watercolour for portraits, because you are forced to simplify and minimise fussy detail.

Emma reading. Watercolour.

Emma reading. Watercolour.