I love it when this happens… when an art student is studying my work it gives me such a buzz, it makes me feel like a real artist, brings “the dream” alive – brings me a little closer to where I would like to be.  It is a special moment for sure – thank you […]

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Here it is! The follow on article from Painting Lessons and your first chance, unless you follow me on Facebook, to see Aleksandra’s completed oil painting.  This young artist has done so well! Our second lesson of 2016, described in my previous post, “We have now moved on to adding the final details to the portrait, Aleksandra […]

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Our Guardian Angel, a pencil drawing commissioned by my Mum for my Dad, as a present to celebrate their 30th Wedding Anniversary. It’s a perfect subject, perfectly entitled by my Mother, the number of times Dad has been there to save the day… I am very happy to have been able to draw such a special piece of […]

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Yorkshire Artist Makes History – A big title – I know, so I guess you are wondering what I have done.  Well, you will remember I completed a portrait of the previous Vice Chancellor of the University of Leeds, Professor Michael Arthur, back in 2014.  On Friday (26/02/16) I went to see the portrait which […]

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I began giving Aleksandra, a GCSE student, portrait painting lessons in September 2015.  I think it is important for the younger generation to learn the oil painting techniques of the old masters, such techniques are not widely used in the art world anymore and I think it shows in the quality of work out there […]

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I was ever so pleased to complete a beautiful portrait painting of a York based lady’s Three Daughters.  Every commission is different and it was great that this customer required a portrait very much in the style of my own artist practice and studio work i.e. the lighting effect being a focus of the painting.  To explain […]

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Portrait Painting Progress Yorkshire Artist, Hannah Ostapjuk, has been painting in public during York Open Studios, working on a portrait of Colonel Edward York (previous Vice Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire). “I thought it was important to add to the ‘open studios’ part of the event – make it feel like an artist’s studio and to […]

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