Working from life is often a struggle, takes time and is unpredictable, which is precisely why it should be attempted, if not all of the time, at least when it is possible.
I try to work from life where possible, because it is a direct line between the subject and the drawing or painting. It is not always possible to work from life – for example because of time restraints – so if I have to work from photographs I always use lots of them, from different angles, and never rely on a single one, because photographs often distort the image.
Watercolour is a more fragile medium, more delicate, and oils are more robust and moveable.
The painting of my nephew Charles was inspired by the sight of him with his pet cockatiel (one of two) which often chooses people’s heads as suitable perches. It’s always more interesting to paint something familiar with a slightly different slant.
Raymond Harris Ching is a painter whose work I like [as it] … is very fresh and individual.
Simon will be exhibiting at this year’s Society of Wildlife Artists show at Mall Galleries, London, in late October.
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