Two weeks from the election and the political wives are being aired, in more ways than one. I painted 38 year old tory wife Samantha Cameron, of aristocratic heritage and descendent of Nell Gwyn, upside down. I was beginning to take far too long painting these ‘quick’ pieces and had forgotten the reason why I’d started the activity in the first place which was to ‘abstract’ a notion of a portrait rather than paint one.
Painting upside down meant I could stop looking at it from the standpoint of trying to make it perfect (as if !?). This one took 15 minutes, still too long but better than the 45 minutes I had gotten into.