Opinion - Painting a picture of a portrait artist

Andy Edgeworth
Andy Edgeworth

NEW experiences are always good, no matter what age you are.

Last weekend I travelled north to the Lake District to have my portrait painted.

I was asked by my friend and former colleague who is an artist based in Kendal. She instructed me to sit on a chair in her studio and then to remain still for more than five hours.

Let me tell you - that is far easier said than done. She told me that many people don’t make great ‘sitters’ but I did OK. It helped that I hadn’t seen her in a while so we had lots to catch up on.

Most impressive was the details she observes while painting, constantly measuring angles and reference points. Having absolutely no artistic talent whatsoever it gave me a real appreciation of how skilful artists are and how much time and effort goes into their work.

THE elections are always a barmy time and, as ever, the vast majority become politically aware for a week or two and then it fades away within a few days.

UKIP provided an entertaining sideshow but in the end nobody really cares.

I have spoken in the past about the apathy with which I view the current state of British politics and having seen the turnout in Wigan borough it certainly seems that the vast majority of people agree with me.

The only people who seem to care about local elections any more are those standing - the voters certainly don’t - and until that changes all the petty arguments and slanging matches we have seen between our elected members this year seem pointless.

Perhaps they should concentrate on serving the people of their wards instead of constantly bickering over party politics.

THE football season has now finally ended and as ever it ends in a mixture of heartache and jubilation depending on who you support.

The World Cup will provide a welcome distraction from the ridiculous transfer rumours that the media fabricate to keep people interested, although there are still bound to feature prominently.

Wigan fans have certainly had a season to remember and the Latics came so close to bouncing back to the Premiership at the first time of asking. With Europe and yet another impressive cup run it was always going to be tough. But they have the right man at the helm and I think Wigan fans will be getting some of the best value in the country when they turn up at the DW Stadium next year.