The Big Draw: The Finale of The Custodians #thebigdraw

I did a portrait drawing day as part of The Big Draw.

A Great finale to celebrate the end of The Custodians at Croft Castle.
A Big Thank you to everyone who took part.

Here are some photos from the day taken by me as I drew their portraits and they created drawings of the paintings in Croft Castle.

Photos below were taken by Rebecca Farkas from Meadow Arts.

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The custodians revealed

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Victor poses infront of his portrait

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James strikes a pose infront of pose portrait

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George aside of his portrait

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Ian poses infront of his portrait.

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Portraits of Victor and Una in the Oak Room are well received by the audience of local and national visitors at Croftcastle.

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Ovals united

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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.

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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.

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Revolving Evolving Portraits

as the Portraits evolve and change in their making you can whitness this as the paintings are hung in the house at Croft Castle.

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James Pearson’s preliminary sketches

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”!

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today i begin his portrait on an oval canvas. i choose a profile composition.

The Sitters

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. Una Heap Volunteer of croft castle for 12 yrs

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.

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