Fancy Yourself as an Artist’s Model?

How would you like to be a “character” in a painting? No, you don’t have to be a beauty or an important person, you don’t have to dress up (or undress!) or act a part – although, says Trevor Jones, whose painting it is, “theatrical or emotional expressions would be great to help create an atmosphere.”

Trevor is beginning a series of works inspired by Christopher Booker’s “The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories” and he is looking for, not models, but photographs sent in by ordinary people. If you have ever fancied having your portrait painted but didn’t have the nerve, or thought you couldn’t afford it or simply didn’t know who to approach, then here is your chance to be captured in oils by an artist.

The seven basic plots are:

  • Rags to Riches
  • Overcoming the Monster
  • Rebirth
  • Tragedies
  • Voyage and Return
  • The Quest
  • The Comedies

Trevor says, “I’ll need protagonists, antagonists – heroes and villains – supporting characters and extras… you get the idea. The paintings will be 21st century scenes  from my adopted city of Edinburgh.”

The seven locations  chosen include Arthur’s Seat, the Royal Yacht Britannia, Calton Hill, the Royal Botanic Garden, the Scottish Parliament, the Stand Comedy Club and Holyrood Palace.

“Theatrical or emotional expressions would be great to help create an atmosphere,” Trevor says. “but then simple, “staring off into space” shots could work too. High resolution images (300 dpi) are preferred and I don’t mind whether you send full figure poses; standing, sitting, running, walking, jumping etc. or close-ups of faces/heads at different angles. I’ll need all sorts.”

Please send photographs to with the subject line “Seven Plots.” If Trevor selects your photo he says, he will notify you and keep you posted as the paintings progress.

Trevor anticipates the exhibition opening early next year.

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Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.

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