I will be giving away this preparatory drawing in my next newsletter in a few days. If you would like to take part in the free draw to win her then just sign up in the box to the right or just mail me.

Who is she?

I was working on an oil painting of an allotment and I just couldn’t pin down the female character in it.

For reasons known only to myself, I was looking for a little bit of a spiteful bully. Someone you would hate to have as a neighbour, though would love to observe from a safe distance.

I worked on the character for hours and she just wouldn’t come alive. There was not point pushing it so just carried on with the final piece, leaving a space where she needed to go, and hoped inspiration would bless me at some future point.

A few weeks later, I popped into an allotment to note the new growth with a few drawings. Whilst there I was struck by a voice, a low female voice with an overbearing, chastising tone. Whoever she was berating, was making no reply to what were obviously rhetorical questions.

Moving to the sound of the guns, I spied her across a few plots. She was obviously not dressed for gardening though appeared to know everything about it. She was perfect!

I could tell she was not going to move much which was good though I had to stem my eagerness to ensure I got what I needed. I drew her as quickly as I could while she worked on her victim.

From my position, I couldn’t see who she had in her talons and whoever it was never said a word for the short time I was there, so even now, I have no idea who it was.

Once back to the studio, I worked it up to a finer detail before the memory left.
If you would like her for your wall then just drop me a line. I am convinced she will guard your house!

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