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Portrait Sketches

These 'Portrait Sketches' take about 10 minutes. They are mainly done at different local church, community and charity events.  To help cover costs I normally ask for a 'Suggested Donation" of about £10. A bargain!! I prefer to use charcoal and pastel on A3 pastel paper. For outside venues  a patio-umbrella or gazebo is used to protect against bright sun or pouring rain! I have been doing these  since 1982, originally calling them 'Caricatures' and using a large felt-tip pen. Later I felt the title 'Portrait Sketches' was better as they really are 'Portraits' even though done very quickly. Here is a very small but recent sample of the hundreds done. For the sake of confidentiality only first-names are given.

Masai Warrior
Masai Warrior
An amazing private moment at a Masai Village, Kenya 2018. One of five portraits done in the shade of a thorn-bush and given to the 'sitters'. A huge privilege and was followed by some fantastic dancing and leaping - by them, not me!
Michael
Michael
Nairn Bk & Arts Wk 2018
Maggie
Maggie
Amazing hair! And she stopped at my request!! High St, Nairn Bk & Arts Wk 2018.
Grace
Grace
Nairn Book and Arts Week 2019. She then gave me the privilege of doing a portrait of her late husband, Robert (See Portraits)
Meida
Meida
Nairn Book & Art Week 2019
Paul
Paul
Paul, one of the Travellers on the Longman Estate, Inverness. 2019
Isla
Isla
Nairn Book and Arts Week 2019
Tom
Tom
A special pensive moment on the streets of Nairn during the Book and Arts Week, 2021
Olivia
Olivia
It's that cheeky smile that's such a winner! Nairn Book and Arts Week 2020
Shiloh
Shiloh
What amazing hair and what a gift to draw! I was so pleased when your mum let me draw you. Nairn Book and Arts Week 2020
Peter
Peter
Peter wearing his favourite floppy broad-brimmed hat. Got to have the hat! Barn Church 2019
Vivienne
Vivienne
A lovely young girl with a great personality. In the studio 2021. Pastel
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