Portraits of Emma

Three Portraits

I was aiming for one painting but I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the first so did another two. Not sure which I like best now. Probably the right hand version which was the last one to be made. I used the drawings made earlier from life as well as some photographs to finish these pictures. For convenience I used Acrylic but actually I missed being able to mix oil colour and not have it dry within the hour.I worked hard for simplicity (Although not very successfully!) and used a limited palette working to control the tonal values. I tried to imagine she was sitting in a train opposite me. The right hand painting has recently been shown in the National Portrait Gallery Mystery Portrait Postcard display.