The Model Has Flu! 

Sometimes working from life presents a unique set of challenges. In portraiture one of the most problematic is what to do to the painting when the model’a appearance changes?

This can be caused by haircuts, changing make up or in this case the dreaded flu!

In a typical English winter, more so in a drafty old art studio, flu is bound to strike artist and model at least once.


So, over the three weeks of sittings for this portrait the flu developed. I found that it added another dimension to the portrait. Increasing the number of breaks and working faster I tried to paint the expression and capture the difference between feeling well and ill.

I’m happy to report the model subsequently made a full recovery!