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Seven easy ways for beginners to improve their portrait paintings

It’s very tempting to set up your easel and canvas and get straight into your painting  just to see...

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Portraits for NHS Heroes - featured at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition

At the height of the pandemic in April 2020, Tom Croft Initiated the Portraits for NHS Heroes...

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Clockwork - Portrait of Umberto Sarri

Portrait of a skilled craftsman

This  large portrait is of my very interesting  sitter Umberto Sarri - an independent clock and...

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Stanley Spencer Self Portrait 1914

If I had to choose one inspirational portrait.......

If I was asked who my all time favourite portrait artist is I would have to say that without a doubt...

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The Pain and the Pleasure of Moving Studios

I have recently moved from my much loved studio of almost fifteen years to a new studio a few...

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Commissioning a Portrait

People often say to me that they would love to commission a portrait but they simply don't have the...

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Building Relationships

One of the most interesting and rewarding aspects of being an artist is when people attend an...

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Pencils before Paint Brushes

I am often asked in my portrait painting classes to outline my painting process. In my previous blog...

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Basic Rules For Oil Painting

Three Basic Rules for Oil Painting

I love painting in oils. Oils have a brilliant ability to capture colour due to their ability to...

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Beginners Guide To Materials

A beginner’s guide to materials

I am often asked by beginners in my portrait painting classes for a list of basic materials to bring...

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Portrait Painting Classes – the smaller the better

I know from bitter experience that there is nothing worse than sitting in an art class of over...

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Take time to know your sitter

Over the years that I have been painting portraits, I have realised that the better I get to know...

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