After many years apart, my brother was re-united with his daughter Victoria five years ago, now an art & architecture teacher. Last week we had an exhibition together in Surrey.My brother with his realist landscapes & nudes, me with my neo-impressionist stuff & Victoria with abstract prints.It was a happy occasion.
One of the good things about working in areas like East London is the great variety of nationalities there for me to draw. a young English footballer (in an Argentine shirt), a Turkish man in an interesting hat and a beautiful girl from the Ukraine.
Drawing portraits is always a challenge but when they`re as beautiful as these two girls ,who sat for me consecutively last Saturday at a shopping mall in Hounslow, there is less margin for error.The pressure is on to do their beauty justice. The dark-haired girl is French & the blonde from ( I think) Poland.
One of the great bonuses for an artist drawing portraits in public places are some of the interesting people who dare to take the hot seat for a portrait. This 8o-year-old man who was born in Danzig is a survivor of the concentration camps in Poland. In 1939 children were rescued in an operation known as the `kinder transport`.He was the only one of his family to survive.
I wish it would always work like that - a perfect photo to work from and a result that I am actually satisfied with. Pastels are a great medium for animals, especially the lovely iridescent sheen on horses.
A traffic cop mate (for whom I have done several caricatures) asked me to do a freebie poster design for the Help for Heroes charity. I did this oil showing latest army & police vehicles.Now selling by the thousand so I`m told.
Severe weather gives me time to catch up on oil commissions and preparations for 2010. 2010!! I can`t believe I am still alive in this science fiction time of mobile phones and computers, where are the flying cars though?
I am a professional artist,I do portraits, illustrations and caricatures.
My clients come from my site - www.stanhurr.co.uk and from my almost weekly visits to shopping centres mostly in the midlands & south- east England.I am 65 years old and (even though I have been full-time for 38 years!) still learning my craft every day.