Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Mayhem, Madness and Moving Pictures.

Time for a quick update, I think.

The last week has been a whirlwind of travelling, photographing, delivering and collecting via ferries, trains, helpful clients and friends acting as my personal taxis and driving a left hand drive lorry van round the UK. Narrow English lanes with thick hedges and cats eyes made me scream, I can still hear the tortuous noise of continually driving over them.

I've driven 3,500 km, and still have over 1300 photos to go through, despite having already selected and deleted about 500 non starters!

I started the trip landing at Newhaven, to avoid the horrific queues and delays at Calais, but still had to have the truck checked out for unwanted passengers. Luckily, there were none.

My first stop was to longstanding clients who I hadn't met before, so it was great to put faces to names. Not only did I have their new horse to meet, I also got to see Monty, a previous victim of my pastels! 
His people had also had the lovely thought to bring along his portrait, so that I could see both the horse and the picture together. 

Well that was too good a photo opportunity to miss, so here's the result. Not entirely sure Monty was convinced by the whole faffing about, but he took it like a man!

I've collected some of my older work from Scotland, including the first head portrait I ever did. It's too awful to post, but suffice to say I'm very thankful to anyone who commissioned me on the basis of it, and allowed me to start my career!

The one below was also added to the trip, my first ever attempt at a jumping portrait. Fortunately I had a bit more of a clue what I was doing by then, although there's plenty in it makes me wince still. It wasn't a commission, it was just me and my horse of a lifetime, the fabulous Mutty.

I've had a wonderful time catching up with old friends, and meeting new clients, and just want to say a huge heartfelt thanks to everyone for their excellent hospitality, accommodating my hectic schedule and forgiving my overly optimistic journey times.

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