I am delighted to say that my coloured pencil drawing An Apprentice of Indigo is a finalist in the SAA Artists of the Year 2021 competition. From thousands of entries it is one of 43 pictures in the Portrait or Figure category.
This little girl stole my heart the moment I first saw her, the combination of her innate confidence in her mischief, that smile and her wonky fringe meant I knew I had to draw her portrait. An Apprentice of Indigo is part of a pairing with my other portrait An Age of Indigo, such joy at both ends of the age spectrum from these women in their Vietnamese community.
Alongside various prizes which will be awarded by the Artists of the Year judges, there is also a People’s Choice vote, so if you want to check out the entries and place your vote for your favourite, you have till the 9th September 2021 to do so here (no registration is required).
I have been fortunate enough to have two of my pencil portrait submissions – Amur Leopard and A Lifetime of Laughter – highly commended in previous SAA Artists of the Year competitions, so to be recognised again and amongst so much talent is a huge compliment.