Demonstration : Peter

STAGE 1: We took a while to settle on this pose. As the hands were closer to me here I knew they would be bigger than is usual in relation to the head. Described faithfully, the difference in size between the hands and the head would help to show the depth of the space occupied by Peter's figure. I drew a line up from his fingertips to see where it would cut through his shoulder and kept an eye scanning over the whole figure as I went into more detail in the face, to make sure the proportions were still accurate.

STAGE 2: I used a size 10 brush fitted to the end of a stick, which meant I had to stand well back and was forced to draw loosely. I like the fact that the marks took on a life of their own. Although it seems awkward at first, this is a great exercise to help loosen up your painting. You have to forget about details and only transfer the inportant information. It was only in the final stages of this painting that I used a shorter brush. Remember to move the easel towards you when you change to a smaller brush as you need to keep the same veiw of the person.

FINISHED PAINTING: Peter, watercolour 22X17.5in (56X44.5cm)

I was pleased with this portrait and don't mind all the runs and drips. Once or twice I turned the painting upside down so as to change the direction of some of the drips as they dried.