I held my first solo exhibition at Two Fat Ladies Gallery, on Upper St Giles Street, Norwich on the 7-8 April. I held a private view on the 6th and had a great turn out of friends and family. See slideshow above for a taste of the evening, the drinks flowed as much as the conversation!
For the next two days I was based at the gallery, where I completed live portraits in return for a donation towards the charities I ran the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon for.
I was kept pretty busy doing these, with a queue of people a few times! Overall I raised £250 towards my Marathon efforts. Here's a selection of some of my sitters and their portraits!
One of the highlights of the first day was my mum surprising me by bringing my 91 year old grandma along for a visit. Something which I didn't expect – grandma was happy with her two pictures, she was in fact the only subject to have two portraits. Grandma's being the cornerstones of the exhibition in my mind.
The exhibition itself was a collection of portraits in two distinct styles. On one wall I hung large scale watercolour and ink drawings of my close family and on the other I displayed a collection of quick pen drawings of friends and people I know. The work was about how we take these faces for granted – I wanted to document these people in my life and capture the here and now.
I really enjoyed the experience of setting up this exhibition and have already started thinking about my next show. Thanks again for those who visited and donated. And for those who didn't get a chance I hope the pictures give you a flavour of how it went. My fundraising page is still active for the next few months if anyone wants to see my overall total and potentially contribute to my fundraising efforts. Next post will give a rundown of my London Marathon experience!