By Brenda Kennedy
I made a portrait of Donald, one of our donkeys the first week of containment as it seemed like much-needed comic relief to lift my spirits. Normally Donald is quite reserved and dignified but a friend took the photo and I guess he was just mugging for the camera.
The second portrait painted the following week is the father of a friend. I never met him and don’t even know his name but I just liked his face. People are always showing me their photos and they’re of such a good quality that I can’t resist asking to use them for paintings. As a result I have a collection of random faces waiting to be turned into portraits. Many of them are selfies and I like the spontaneity of those. Both works are oil on wood.
This has been my practice for the last few years and it’s quite enjoyable as I never know who I might be painting.
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