John Allsopp’s father Stan
This is a portrait of my late father, like the painting of my mother; I painted this portrait just a little time before his untimely death about eighteen years ago.
I concentrated on my dad’s face old men with receding hair line and characteristic lined faces make superb subjects to paint, you can see a smile in his eyes if you look at the work.
He liked his suits and it was always going to be a formal dressed gentleman that was captured. I will be honest with you this work took a long time to even start, every time I came up with a draft he said Oh that’s no good try again, Stan Allsopp was known and loved by many for his razor sharp whit.
Painting is about two foot by around two point five feet, I think looking back that this was the only suitable piece of linen canvas I had available at that time. Painting, you do not have to be exactly sized when creating oil works unless you intend to publish as limited edition Giclee prints, you need to bear in mind the scanning process used by printers and the area of image.