Unveiling at Paisley Town Hall

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.

  Clan Paisley and guests at Paisley Town Hall

Clan Paisley and guests at Paisley Town Hall

  Unveiling by the Lord-Liutenant

Unveiling by the Lord-Liutenant

  The Much Hon. Duncan Paisley of Westerlea, Baron of Westerlea, Chief of the Name and Arms of Paisley

The Much Hon. Duncan Paisley of Westerlea, Baron of Westerlea, Chief of the Name and Arms of Paisley