Raoul and I had decided to paint along the embankment at dusk but as we got to where we had envisaged painting it started to rain! We decided to shelter under the Albert bridge but before we got there we noticed that the door to the Cadogan peer was open. We ended up sheltering there and started to paint there. It was incredible to see the bridge so close in the evening light with the beautiful pinky lights reflecting on the water. I really enjoyed the challenge of painting the reflections especially.
I recently painted a talented songwriter friend of mine. I had been somewhat doubtful about how I was going to do this as he rarely sits without playing his guitar. I managed to go about it as I would a landscape, keeping it loose and more impressionist than some of my other portraits. I also enjoyed using more colour, keeping the colours fairly muted still but none the less introducing more than I have done previously. We listened to his music the whole way through- my Instagram has quite an amusing video of one of the sittings. An enjoyable challenge to paint Antonio who sang half of the time he was posing!
"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.