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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.

Colin
Colin
Nairn Book and Arts Week 2018.
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!
Bill
Bill
Bill was a good friend - and great fun to draw at the Redcastle Art Group Exhibition, Cromarty 2018. Sadly he died in 2019.
Michael
Michael
Nairn Bk & Arts Wk 2018
Kai
Kai
Nairn Book and Arts Week 2018.
Susi
Susi
Black Isle Show 2018.
Sebi
Sebi
St Boniface Fair, Fortrose 2018.
Nigel
Nigel
One of Nairn's lovely characters!. 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)
Ben
Ben
St Boniface Fair 2019
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
Ita
Ita
Nairn Book & 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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