The framer comes tomorrow to frame Una and Victor in gold and silver guilt. I must photograph them first so hope the light is good tomorrow. I like to photograph the finished portraits iny outside studio in natural light on my SLR.
Really coming together now. Painted the edges to frame them and how they all sit together creating a sense of inter generational family. The Custodians of 2013 who look after croftcastle, past present and future. Left to right-George Cebo, originally from poland, buggiy driver and listerner of people. Ian Grafton, property operational manager, carer of the teams welfare takes on a guise of a Saxon from the Hill Fort in Croft. Anna works in the office and so is the organiser of people and watcher of the hidden spirits of the house who appear from time to time. James Pearson originally trained in civil engineering but a calling from Croftcastle led him to become a gardener and is now doing RHS in Practical Horticulture. The oval portraits will hang in the Gallery of the house.
Left is Una Heap now in her 90’s was in the ATS during WW II and has been a volunteer at Croftcastle for 12yrs. She loves the family history of Croftcastle and often spends hrs on the internet researching Croftcastle’s family history that she shares with the public when she is on duty voluntering at the house. Finaly on the right we have Victor Chelula, house steward of 12yrs, looking after the conservation of the house- previous to this Victor was an accountant for the National Trust and in total has worked for the National Trust for 25yrs. A fine and outstanding Custodian. Deservedly Victor retires this year and will be sorely missed by all at Croftcastle. These two portraits will hang in the Oak Room, Croftcastle. Opening soon from 9th March 2013-September 2013.
I begin the last portrait soon. Drawing up Anna on an oval canvas in my studio. Working from the live portrait sitting drawings and a range of photo studies to map out the composition ony last oval canvas.
James Pearson Assistant Gardener at Croft Castle my youngest subect in The Custodian Collection has a presence of a young roman centurian of gardening! at his portrait sitting he said i drew him as “the greek god of gardening 3rd in the chair”!
today i begin his portrait on an oval canvas. i choose a profile composition.
I’ve been getting to know the sitters – the Custodians of Croft Castle who will each in turn sit for their portraits painted live so I hope you can come and join me to find out about them as we chat about their lives and their relationships with Croft Castles ancesters.
We meet Una Heap 25th Sept 2012 in Croft Castle 1pm – 4;30pm. There will also be art materials available if you feel the need to draw what you see.
OutsiderXchanges is a collaborative visual arts project evolving from Venture Arts in partnership with Castlefield Gallery and BALTIC Mill - Gateshead. Supported by Arts Council England, OutsiderXchanges will bring together learning disabled and non-learning disabled artists to explore collaborative practice and create new work.