SKY Arts Portrait Artist of the Week (PAOTW) Sun 26th April 2020

Those members who joined in the live session broadcast last Sunday all enjoyed themselves and would highly recommend you join in for the next 3 Sundays. If you do, then send me (Tracy QP) your paintings by Tuesday evening and I will post them on the Wednesday. You can see paintings by other people on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #myPAOTW.

The sitter was dancer and choreographer Akram Khan, who sat so still that it looked like the screen had frozen. He did go out a couple of times to bounce on a trampoline in his garden with his son, which he said helped him stop fidgeting!

Winner of PAOTY 2020, Christabel Blackburn, painted from her home and the usual 3 judges joined in the broadcast too.

Here’s the screenshot of Akram that people could work from after the programme, and Christabel and her painting which she intends to complete.

Cynthia sketching along on Sunday and created a wonderful pastel portrait during the programme itself. Afterwards she painted another portrait in watercolours.

Rosie painted along and finished 20 minutes short of the 4 hours.

Steve painted standing at an easel, working from a screenshot of Akram at a different angle, which he preferred. He really enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot.

Tracy did 3 small sketches on the day (the first two awful, the third a little better), but ended up watching Christabel paint most of the time. Afterwards she used the screenshot to work on a portrait of Akram in brown coloured pencil, studying the tones and shadows on his face. His eyes were definitely the hardest part to get right.

Dot has drawn Akram from the screenshot that was taken of him during the live programme.. A really good likeness, well done.

Here’s more info about the programme.

6 days later all paintings by the general public submitted to Facebook and Instagram were judged and these were considered the top three…

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