How I Work : Portraits

Where possible I prefer to work from a sitting, it’s not that I don’t like working from photographs, I don’t partake in the snobbery around the use of photographs, but I do like to meet people, talk to them, discuss their lives. I’m able to see so much more in a face, as it reacts to the light, the sounds and the conversation. I really look forward to working with you, in whichever format you prefer.

PROCEEDURE (SITTING)

I usually require a two to three hour session during which, we will discuss background colours, size of painting, composition, etc.. I will take a few photographs and often paint or sketch. This sitting is usually held at your home or chosen location. We will complete a portrait agreement and any special considerations as discussed will be added to the agreementt, so there is a clear understanding between us. A 50% non-refundable deposit is due at this time.

Before painting the portrait, I will post or email a drawing study for your approval. This sketch is a small version of the portrait which allows you to review the composition. Once you have approved the study, your portrait will then be painted.

PROCEEDURE (PHOTOGRAPH)

If the painting is a surprise gift, you should gather together any photographs that you or family members have of the chosen person or subject you would like painted. I (Helen Parry) will review your photos, either by appointment, email or by mail.

After the photo(s) has been selected, background colours, size of painting, composition, etc. will be discussed. We will complete a portrait contract and any special considerations as discussed will be added to the contract, so there is a clear understanding between us. A 50% non-refundable deposit is due at this time.

Before painting the portrait, I will post or email a drawing study for your approval. This sketch is a small version of the portrait which allows you to review the composition. Once you have approved the study, your portrait will then be painted.

All paintings are original watercolours by ©Helen Parry.
All Prices subject to change without notice.