Starting a series of portraits. Aiming to achieve content with meaning, feelings, thoughts. I don't want "empty" pictures. Although painting close family are never "empty" pictures, because there is always an emotional connection between the sitter and the artist. I'm starting with pencil drawings and will move on to oil on canvas. This is the fisrt sketch taken from a photograph. I take hundrends of photographs which I use to develop the portraits. This is from a photo of my father not taken by myself but by my son who's also a keen photographer.