Julian resting - oil on canvasI very was excited earlier this week  to find out that it has been awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Artist’ category in the national annual Patchings Open Art Competition 2015 in association with the Artist and Leisure Painter magazines – and will be shown online through their website.

I got some free tickets to their ‘Patchings Art festival’ in Nottinghamshire in June as well – how cool is that?!

I started painting this picture in November last year and finished it in January. It was based on a sketch I did in pastel of my husband who was temporarily laid up with flu and feeling very sorry for himself. It took as long to paint the folds in the sheets as the rest of the picture.

Find out more about Patchings art festival.