Recent work on my Website. 13 May 2015



I used two of my favourite models for this painting as they interact so well together. I explained what it was I wanted from them and the ideas I had in my head and then left them to it while I snapped away with my camera. Very quickly they forgot I was there which was great. In an ideal world I would always paint from life, but this is just not always possible and I have now got a great set of reference photos for future use.  I feel with this painting the viewer can make up their own mind as to what is happening here which is why I so like painting narrative figurative works as opposed to the straight portraiture I used to do.

I have used strong colours here deliberately, as I feel this is a strong painting and have therefore framed it in the white tray format which compliments it. It is available in my website and can be bought framed or unframed.


This is is a small fun painting which I decided to crop and with the help of one of my friends on Twitter is called ‘Friday’ – a great name for that feeling you get with your first cocktail of the weekend! It is on block canvas so doesn’t need a frame. Again it is available on my website.

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  1. May 13, 2015 by Leslie Meeks

    Your work is amazing…

  2. May 14, 2015 by michewatkins

    Ah thank you Leslie that is so kind

  3. May 14, 2015 by Ophelia

    I like how you carry out this entire process. A photo-shoot, leisurely pictures, selection and then modified painting.
    🙂 It must be lovely looking at the finished work which actually has a process and people in it.
    Love both of these paintings in different ways.

  4. May 14, 2015 by michewatkins

    Thanks and yes I liked the process too. It also means I have a lot of photos for future reference and research. The other painting ‘Friday’ was a photo of my daughter which I played around with, cropping it in different ways and came up with end result which I liked the most. Thanks for commenting .

  5. May 15, 2015 by barbarella234

    I love the cropped painting! Fabulous job!

  6. May 15, 2015 by michewatkins

    Thank you. I wasn’t sure about the cropping but I think it did work in the end. Also enjoyed chucking paint in with a toothbrush at the end!

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