This pastel portrait was done fairly fast after a morning of working on the allotment. ( a plot of land set aside for the growing of vegetables) Archie has the allotment just along from mine. I remember growing vegetables with my father when I was a young lad but most of what I had learned I had forgotten. When I got my plot Archie was there with good advice and help. One this day we both looked bedraggled after digging and raking the soil. Archie had his jumper on back to front, as is his want. He says it makes him feel warmer round his neck. When people point out to him he has it on the wrong way round he always has the same retort, “It’s not the jumper that is back to front it is my head.”
On this day I saw a real twinkle in his eye and I just could not resist making an attempt at this painting. He has never forgiven me, “You might have waited till I was better dressed and had a wash and my hair combed.” I just laughed and asked him, “What hair?”
He is a real character but a wise wit.
This blog is connected to my other blog where this artwork is used. it can be seen at:- The Wooden Coffin