John Allsopp’s mother “Doreen” Oil on canvas portrait.
This painting is of my Mother Doreen who I painted about sixteen years ago just before she died, I think she was in such a rush to join my father in heaven.
My mother was an artist; she taught me the basics from looking at the subject through the sketch and initial applying of paint steps. Her artistic ability did not stop with painting she also enjoyed sculpture and de coupage and made many sophisticated pieces throughout her life time.
Wearing a sweater,(Jumper shown in the picture) which she designed her self from scratch using no more than a piece of paper a pencil and some brain power, coupled with copious amounts of motivation and patience.
Patience we hear is a virtue; one never knows where you will end up in life with a little planning determination and self belief.
Doreen the portrait is the result of around one hundred hours of patience an eye for detail, I worked from life and photographs from my old but trusty camera a Zenith E, to create reference for this work, you think you know what your mother looks like but its not until you try and paint her when the last statement goes out of the window. I referred back and forth to my pictures before being happy with the result. Passion in art and a drive to capture photographic realism is what my art is all about.
Size of this portrait is about sixteen inches by twenty inches, I do intend one day when time permits to sit down and copy this work in to a forty eight inch square painting.
I would like you to look at the hair on my mothers head and the pattern on her jumper, these were quite difficult parts to represent in a painting, one can be too near to the subject relation wise and sometimes you struggle to like what may have taken hours to produce, that’s Fine Art at the end of the day.
I am often asked what Fine Art, good question is. My description of Fine Art describes an art form developed primarily for aesthetics and/or concept rather than utility.
Please email me about your idea of Fine Art.
Thank you for reading. John Allsopp