Portrait of John Montague, Oil on Linen, 32" x 24" -- September 24, 2016. I recently finished John Montague's portrait, one I first started in the summer of 2013 with various small colour and value studies (12"x 9") Then I started working on this full portrait, 32"x24", which was supposed to be my graduation piece for the Academy of Realist Art. I worked from life initially, with John posing in our sun room. After a while, it started going in a bad direction--dark shirt, dark background, pale skin tones--after I accepted what turned out to be bad advice. This summer, I completely reworked the portrait, giving it a lighter, more playful mood. The shirt is John's favourite from a safari trip to South Africa we took in late 2009. I decided to put the leopard on the shirt and add some texture to the wicker chair for variety.