While painting this, I thought of my late mother’s hands. They were so like these hands that it became quite an emotional experience for me. This was an exercise set by Mike Skidmore and I am very glad I did it after taking up oil painting during the pandemic.
Realising I needed to understand more about the nature of oil painting, having focussed on water colours and the odd acrylic in the past, I was lucky enough to get some online tuition from the wonderful Mike Skidmore, with whose permission I have entered this painting. I was taken by his self effacing response when I asked for permission, which was, “My tuition is only a tiny part of the equation, it is your skill that has made them into really good artworks.” A truly generous and inspiring tutor.