#TelegraphHillFestival #ArtOpenShow @WhiteHartSE

Sooo, it is official. I am showing (off) tadaaa! Again, this year, at The Telegraph Hill Festival Art Open Show at the White Hart at New Cross Gate (on the corner of New Cross Road and Queens Peckham Road) – nice venue. Tonight I went to check it out with their jazzy vibes and mellow stouts.

This is half of what I am showing…the portrait sketches from #seemetoseeyourself project. If you want your own #overacupofcoffeeportrait, get in touch…we could meet there, or some other local venue for a sketching session. Coffee/beer on me. Prices affordable. I love meeting and sketching/portraiting people, so why not make use of it.

I am also showing another three spring inspired pieces, which I am going to show you when I get better pictures of them hung in situ.

The Show is on for the duration of the Festival (until Easter) and my work is to be seen in its first week, the second week another fifteen local artists are showing theirs. It is a nice mixture, varied selection of what is happening up on the Hill artwise: from life drawing class sketches, ink drawings of London, gestural oil drawings, skateboard paintings, Boshean oils to photographs of wrecks at dusk and botanical drawings. Why not come and see it for yourself?  Either this week or the following…or why not come twice. The food has a good reputation…and there is jazz on Sunday night.

Let me know what you thought.




Portraits in Pastel

Recently I got back into pastel portrait painting. Here are a couple of the last ones. I really love the challenge of capturing the expressions and hopefully also the inner nature of the sitter, if lucky.

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Pastel is a great medium, as it enables me to use both drawing and painting approaches. I love being able to draw/paint from life, which gives me the opportunity to talk to the person I portray. though these particular ones more recently have been done from photographs.

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I really ought to be photographing the process as it is quite interesting – how the layer upon layer of drawing and painting information add up.

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Should you want to be my real life model or a have your portrait painted from a photograph, do get in touch on irena.ellis@gmail.com. Prices are friendly, starting @50 GBP for the smaller formats.

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I look forward to painting you.