Raoul – a close friend of mine whose studio is below my own – and I had decided to paint along London’s Chelsea embankment at dusk one winter’s eve. When we arrived on our chosen day and at our chosen spot though, the rain began to pour. We went to shelter under the Albert bridge, but before we got there we noticed that the door to Cadogan Pier was open. Inside we went, and there we began to paint.
It was incredible to see the bridge so close in the evening light with the beautiful pink-y lights reflecting on the water.
I really enjoyed the challenge of painting the reflections. Not having a head torch to see my palette was far from easy. I was relying more on tone than colour as I could only just about make out the gradations.
I recently painted a talented songwriter friend of mine named Antonio Grifoni. Until then, I had been somewhat doubtful about how I was going to do this as he rarely sits without playing his guitar.
My approach was one that I adopt when painting a landscape – keeping it loose and more impressionist than some of my other portraits. I enjoyed using more colour than I might normally, though keeping them fairly muted.
We listened to his music the whole way through. My Instagram has quite an amusing video of one of the sittings.
"Early light on the Embankment" by Daisy Sims-Hilditch was awarded "The Golden Buzzer Prize" by Sara Stewart at the Fine Art Commissions “Fresh Paint” exhibition earlier in the summer, held at Rossetti Studios.