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  • A Mayor Commission
    by Sophie on September 26, 2020 at 14:00

    Recently I was commissioned to paint a formal portrait of Cllr Harry Bramer – then Mayor of Ross-on-Wye. Of course I was delighted with such a treat. To paint a large oil portrait like this takes time (and paint) and a few sittings, but we are both very pleased with the results.READ MORE

  • NHS Heroes Portrait
    by Sophie on September 7, 2020 at 15:11

    Early this year we were all shocked by the spreading pandemic. Many of us were put into some form of lockdown, which meant we were staying at home, not going out, not going to work, except for essentials like food and medicine.READ MORE

  • Tudor Inspiration: Pregnancy Portraits and the Boleyn Canopy
    by Sophie on September 6, 2020 at 09:15

    The Long WaitI have been intrigued by the portraits of pregnant women, such as the ones painted by Marcus Gheeraerts. Pregnancy is nowadays a much more private affair, but the wonder of new life has hopefully not changed. There is a stunning portrait of an unknown lady by Gheeraerts in which her face is depicted as pale as the hundreds of beautiful pearls sewn onto her gown.READ MORE

  • Seeing your Art with Fresh Eyes
    by Sophie on August 31, 2020 at 18:38

    So often we think that learning new techniques, getting new (and better) materials and signing up to the next course will help us get better at our art. And hopefully some if it will help. I sure hope my courses are helping out my students.READ MORE

  • Painting And Parenting
    by Sophie on August 21, 2020 at 10:57

    There are so many people (I mean women artists) asking me this. “How do you do it?” "How do you combine your art with taking care of the children?" Many of them are at their wits end and fearing they will never see a paint brush again.READ MORE

  • Sophie’s Art School End of Year Show 2020
    by Sophie on August 2, 2020 at 08:54

    I am proud to present the End of Year Show 2020 of Sophie's Art School! Our school is an online school and so our end of year show is an online event as well. Please scroll down below to enjoy the fantastic art works created by the students in the past year.READ MORE

  • Painting Techniques are your Toolbox to Create your Vision
    by Sophie on July 15, 2020 at 10:46

    I never considered painting to consist of separate different skills until I started teaching. Not that I missed knowing about them. I was applying lots of different techniques and methods without realising it. I still struggle seeing painting as a set of different, and separate techniques.READ MORE

  • How to Paint with Soft Pastel
    by Sophie on June 20, 2020 at 07:10

    Soft pastel is one of the most exciting and versatile painting mediums I know. It has a long history of varying popularity but pastel is here to stay. Pastel societies around the world have sprung up and remain popular. Professional and hobby artists enjoy soft pastel for its unique looks and application methods.READ MORE

  • Highlights of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2020
    by Sophie on May 4, 2020 at 13:52

    NEWS: The exhibition will be live and open for the public at the Mall Galleries from 16 - 26 September. Book tickets in advance here.The Royal Society of Portrait Painters usually has its annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.READ MORE

  • Ten Steps to Painting a Floral Still Life
    by Sophie on April 27, 2020 at 16:41

    The process of painting a floral still life in pastel is the same as the process of painting anything you like! I look for shape, form, value, colour, composition; you know, the usual lot. Ever since I started teaching I realised I follow the same strategy for most of my paintings.READ MORE