New Oil Painting Portrait

Gee this oil painting stuff is hard work! Some people seem to make it look so easy but I guess when you are used to pastels and knives (for scratchboards), brushes act like alien implements. They seem to want to go where they choose, not where I choose, but bit by bit I’m getting there. I refuse to be beaten.

This is a girl from Spitzkoppe in Namibia. She was a school girl and part of a group who entertained us with song and dance. I couldn’t resist painting her. I’m not quite finished yet but not too far to go, unless I decide on extra detail but I don’t think I could do that yet – it’s still only my second ever oil painting.

18″ x 18″. Sorry for the glare. I’ll get a better photo when I finish her.