Lauren and I visited the National Portrait Gallery to check out the BP Portrait Award 2012 exhibition! I highly recommend having a look - the range of work on display is so diverse. Some of the portraits are so photo-real you just can't quite believe that they're painted but if that's not your bag (and I'm not totally sure it's mine) there's plenty of other styles of painting to feast your eyes on.
I find portraits so engaging to look at and love the way you can communicate so much of someones character through a single image! You can see an image of all the works on display here but needless to say, you really need to get down there and see them in person to fully appreciate them!On until 23rd September.