This is a new portrait painting of my grandson, also called William. It’s quite large by my recent standards, as I have been painting a lot of small plein air paintings recently. I gave the painting to William at his third birthday party last Sunday, and he seemed quite excited by it, but then as he was opening all his other presents he was already pretty hyper!
People sometimes ask me what I would paint if I didn’t have to sell the work, and I suppose portraits are probably my most favourite subject. As I am not a portrait painter I rarely get asked to do them, so it always makes a nice change from landscapes and town scenes. Unfortunately this means that I don’t get to practice them as much as other subjects, but it makes it all the more fascinating when I do. When you paint every day it’s very enjoyable to learn how to paint something new and different.