I have always wanted to be able to paint portraits. Mixed-Media Portraits to be precise. And I did not want them to look like most of the portraits one sees around these blogs. I want to add character. I love the work of Maria Pace-Wynters, her girls do have character.

In particular I love this painting called ‘The Spanish Poppy’ http://mariapacewynters.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/the-spanish-poppy/ and decided to use it as my guide for my first portrait. What I came up with does not look  anything like Maria’s painting but I did not want to copy anyway. I love here use of colour more than anything and that is what I tried to add to my painting. I must say, having bought some oil pastels really helped with the layers. And best of all I enjoyed painting it.

She probably isn’t Spanish and a poppy she ain’t either. I have no title for her but has grown on me.

Husband with hair portrait

Another portrait, this time slightly different.

I have only known my husband with a shiny head. He does not seem the man I married in that picture 🙂 Anyway, I love the relationship that shines through between these two university friends who still are today.

I think this is a good way to show off an otherwise difficult to display photo.


My own Tony is now joined by his own Gisela – my sister and brother-in-law look simply marvelous. Their children are next as soon as I get some suitable head shots. My niece has already decided she will wear her horse costume (?!!) for her stint on canvas. Fits in nicely I reckon – they are a great family and I love them to bits.