A civic reception was hosted at Paisley Town Hall by the Provost of Paisley on 26 August to celebrate the Clan Paisley Society's 30th anniversary.
It was a delight to attend the marvellous reception with my family and have my portrait of the Clan Chief, Duncan Paisley of Westerlea, unveiled by the Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Mr Guy Clark.
This is an intimate and informal portrait. I started to think about it while I was painting the Lady Westerlea. During one of the sittings with her, I observed her husband standing between the fireplace and a window, the warm and cool lights produced a captivating and charming effect so I sketched it and later painted it in watercolours.
However, I could not achieve the effect I was looking for in this medium. So later, based on the watercolour sketch, I produced a small painting in oils, a medium that better allowed me to convey the warmth and friendship of my sitter as I saw him that evening.
Some photos of the magnificent event are below.