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Monday, 12 June 2017

Margaret Atkinson (Australia) and Laurel Shelton (USA)

 2 lovely portraits from opposite sides of the globe today!

Thank you to Margaret who has made a gorgeous portrait of her grand daughter and her dog.

Laurel's portrait is of "Ji Huo" who is from Sechuan, China. His parents had died of AIDS and he was found in poverty and was sponsored by Endeavour Childrens Services, and who features in a book called "I Am Who?".


 
PLEASE NOTE:

 If you're sending your Portrait to us from outside the UK, please double check on the duty requirements when you send it at your local Post Office. As this is a charitable project, we can't afford to pay any UK import duty for your canvas.

We would recommend marking your parcel with a very low (or no value). Your Post Office should be able to advise you. It can be marked as a 'gift' as you will of course be donating it to someone else!

If you're not sure what to do, please email us at laurakemshall@gmail.com or annabelrainbow@gmail.com for more specific advice based on your location.

Thanks so much for your contribution to the project!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Sending your Portrait back

Hi everyone,

We're so excited to be receiving Portraits back ready for the exhibition. We're delighted that lots of people from outside the UK have joined in too. If you're sending your Portrait to us from outside the UK, please double check on the duty requirements when you send it at your local Post Office. As this is a charitable project, we can't afford to pay any UK import duty for your canvas.

We would recommend marking your parcel with a very low (or no value). Your Post Office should be able to advise you. It can be marked as a 'gift' as you will of course be donating it to someone else!

If you're not sure what to do, please email us at laurakemshall@gmail.com or annabelrainbow@gmail.com for more specific advice based on your location.

Thanks so much for your contribution to the project!

Love Laura
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Claire Passmore

A lovely stitched portrait from Claire Passmore. "Rainbow Child" You can read more about this portrait and how Clare was inspired, and put together this piece, here: http://clairepassmore.weebly.com/blog


Carol Sutherland

Our thanks for this beautifully stitched portrait has arrived from Carol today. "Great Great Grandmama".


Paul Mallett

Today we have a terrific portrait from Paul Mallett. A note on the back explains that this is a "picture of Timmy Mallet, UK TV childrens entertainer, artist and broadcaster."


Thursday, 8 June 2017

Deborah Pawle (Somerset) Maryke Van Welzen (Netherlands)

Deborah Pawle


Maryke Van Welzen


Paint Like a Child!

Maybe you like the sound of the Portrait Shuffle but are nervous to take part? I'm here to tell you, you can join in, and we would love you to!

Let's take our lead from the children - the portraits by the students from Redeemer Lutheran College, Australia are so inspiring. I don't know about you, but I love to see children drawing and painting. They always create with such abandon, and no limits on their creativity.


So my Portrait Shuffle motto for the day is 'Paint Like a Child!'. Don't feel limited by your perceived ability, you can do this.

Here are some tips to help you, young or old, to get started...


1. If you don't want to dive in with paint, make a simple drawing first. Keep it loose, and rather than using a boring pencil, why not start with colour and use a coloured pencil instead? 


2. Have fun with colour! Your portrait can be as bright and beautiful as you like. Block in some areas of vibrant colour to lose the white of the canvas. If you don't paint too thickly, you'll still see your guideline coloured pencil drawing underneath.


3. Break the rules! Use a range of tools to make marks, using your fingers is a great way to blend colour and make marks.


4. Use a combination of thick paint and thin paint. Here Amelie is using acrylic paints. See how she's used thick paint (hardly any water added) to make the bold brush marks for the eyes. Then look at how she's used a watery wash of blue over the yellow. The watery blue paint sits into the texture of the canvas and the yellow still glows through - yum!


5. Paint more than one! Working on two or more canvasses can be so freeing. We would love for you to paint as many Portrait Shuffle pieces as you can, but if you are limited to just one pack, then why not cut some card or paper the same size so you have a series of pieces to play with? 

Most of all, just enjoy the process. We are so loving receiving your portraits and would like to say a big thank you for taking part.

Love Laura
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Redeemer Lutheran College - Portrait Shuffle entry.

Well, the most amazing thing has happened. A school in Australia have entered 36 portraits for our shuffle and have also managed to raise £128 for Save the Children. This is so fantastic!

A HUGE thank you to all the wonderful students who took part, and a special thank you to Ann, their teacher, for organizing it all.



This makes such an enormous difference to charities such as Save the Children and their tireless work to help children have a better life, wherever they are in the world.


(below) Here's some photos of the students and their work. We are actively looking for another school to arrange a shuffle with, so if you think you can help, please get in touch by leaving a comment or using the Contact Us form on the sidebar. Thank you!

















Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Stephanie Crawford - Portrait Shuffle entry

Today's amazing piece comes from Stephanie Crawford and is called "Hockney with the Splash..."



Monday, 5 June 2017

Susan Meer - Portrait Shuffle entry


Suzanne Beattie - Portrait Shuffle entry

Today's lovely portrait comes from Suzanne Beattie who lives in Tasmania in Australia. The note on the back of Susanne's piece says:  "My English Grandmother" a great needle woman.


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Monday, 29 May 2017

We have 4 Portrait Shuffle entries to share with you today!

Marsha Cochrane, Canada


Simone de Haan, The Netherlands


Maria Lorenzo Sachs, Switzerland


Margaret Miles, Australia

A note with Margaret's entry explains: "...it is hard to imagine the terror of those schoolgirls from Nigeria who were kidnapped. Then the anguish of their mothers, not knowing. And now they are home, but their lives will never be the same. I called my painting " - and now?" The girls looks are undamaged and yet they are bewildered and afraid."


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Margaret Kay and Lesley Barton - Portrait Shuffle entries

Hello again! Today we have 2 delightful portraits by Margaret Kay and Lesley Barton. Thank you ladies for supporting the Shuffle! Your work is amazing.

Lesley Barton


and Margaret Kay



Monday, 22 May 2017

Chantal Guillermet - Portrait Shuffle entry

Thank you Chantal for your lovely piece that arrived this morning from France! Chantal says the portrait is of Leonard Cohen. The picture was transferred to silk organza and embroidered - except the face. The silk organza was removed at the end.


Saturday, 20 May 2017

Jennifer Mary Lehm - Portrait Shuffle entry

Thank you Jennifer for this lovely portrait titled "Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair"





Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Bente Vold Klaussen - donation to the Portrait Shuffle

Internationally famous textile artist, Bente Vold Klaussen has kindly donated a piece of her work to the Portrait Shuffle, images below. Will you be lucky enough to receive this piece in the post?? You have to be in it to win it 😉








Thursday, 11 May 2017

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Trial and mostly error! Experimental portrait painting.

I've never found portrait painting easy. I started off about 5 years ago thinking it was impossible to capture those fleeting looks and expressions in paint, so I was slightly surprised to find a comment from a lovely lady on Instagram telling me that I made portraiture look easy. It isn't, but I like a challenge!

Here's the image of the nose that I was painting at the time. This is one of a series of portraits I'm working on about the people in my home town - this being the Town Clerk.



I thought you might like to see some of the bits and bobs that don't make the "finished" pile!!

Today I've been experimenting with a different style of painting. I did this monoprint on gesso a while back and it's something I wanted to take further.


I just decided to have a play and see what happened, so started off by collecting a few things around me that might be useful. I had a hankering for red, black and white for some reason. I have to say that nothing wonderful came of it, but here's photos of the different stages so you can see.


Adding acrylic paint roughly.

Adding white gesso over the top and scraping a bit.

Adding black gesso and scraping a bit more.

Back to white gesso to put on an egg shape for a face. I gently scraped the gesso with a palette knife for the features.


Adding some hair, neck and shoulders.


 And a little watery green. Don't worry (in case you were wondering) - it's not part of the Shuffle!!