Once again an apology for neglecting the blog. One of the reasons is that I've been working on a large portrait and I promised the sitter that I wouldn't show it at all until he'd had the opportunity to see it finished. This happened last week.
The portrait comes about as a result of me deciding that I wanted to attempt making a couple of large portraits. I further wanted to make pictures of people who were known beyond my immediate circle of friends, adding a different pressure to getting the exercise to a decent conclusion. One of the people I contacted was Geoff Cook, coach at the Durham County Cricket Club. I explained to him what the nature of my project was and he readily agreed to give me some time when I could make a few sketch notes and take lots of photographs. That in itself was a pleasant experience as Geoff is a real gentleman with plenty of interesting conversation.
The day of reckoning arrived last week when I took the piece up to the Cricket Club to meet Geoff. Imagine my relief when he reported being delighted with the finished result and so it comes to you via this post. The picture is now off at the framer's and I'll post the finished, framed work when it returns. In the meantime here is a photograph of Geoff and the picture and below is a detail of the head from the portrait.
Geoff Cook - Detail from 40" x 30" portrait, oil on linen