Mark Fennell RBSA

News and events

My second study for the portrait of Antony Worrall Thompson, painted more freely and much smaller than the previous painting at just 12" x 10".

My latest project is restauranter Anthony Worrall Thompson. I painted him in 2005 on a tv programme called A brush with fame, he chose my portrait as his favourite. This one’s a warm up for a bigger portrait of Anthony in his study with his books. As well as running restaurants and featuring on recent tv series Trawlermen he writes cookery books and as far as I know written 32 so far. #portraitpainting #oiloncanvas #wetonwetpainting #rosemarybrushes #winsorandnewton #oxfordartsociety #bucksartsociety #rbsa #portraitcommissions
#anthonyworrallthompson #celebritychef #trawlermen

Spent a great day running a workshop for Henley arts and crafts guild in the lovely gardens of Micklems farm. It was so hot i just wanted to jump in the pool!
https://www.micklemsfarm.com/ https://www.henley-art-crafts-guild.org/

We had a photographer from the Daily Mail round a while back, they were going to feature my chemo selfie story but it didn’t happen as there was much more important news going on out there!
My studio is a mess, as you can see i don’t just get paint on the floor, it’s splattered all over the walls too! By the way my wife Ginnie hasn’t wet herself.

I found this little feature on my chemo selfies on a news website i’ve never heard of, The London Economic. They’ve swapped out 3 of the 18 selfies with some pre chemo selfies!

Nice to get away from the grey skies, teaching portrait painting to a great bunch of artists in the Algarve. “I thought Mark was great. He was informative and gentle in his approach and has instilled in me a sense of ‘breaking down’ in steps the task of portrait painting.
In addition it was nice to meet new people.” SALLY
https://algarve-art.com/algarve-society-of-artists/

Another fun day teaching a lovely group of artists portrait painting with palette knives at Art events in Surrey.
“Thank you for a wonderful wokshop on Saturday. It was a delight to meet you and we all loved working with you on the challenge of the palette knife! Not only are you a fine artist but an excellent tutor and I very much appreciated the preparation you made to ensure the students had all they needed to help them create a good painting. It was huge fun as well! We are already looking forward to the next one and I will send you some dates soon.”
Linda Bywaters

http://www.art-events.co.uk/