Ed Sheeran painted an adorable self-portrait for The Mockingbird Trust, which arranges trips and events for children with life-limiting illness and their families. The adorable painting shows the singer dressed in a green jumper and jeans while holding his stomach, with a speech bubble that reads, 'Feed me!' The painting will be auctioned online, with the bidding starting in the middle of May and ending on 24 June.
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Ed painted a self-portait for the auction
The charity was created by Chris and Wendy Wilkinson in memory of their daughter Anna, who tragically passed away aged 16 of a brain tumour. Chris spoke about Ed getting involved with the charity. "We are touched that Ed Sheeran, and so many other people are supporting the charity we have set up as Anna’s legacy," he said. "The donations we have had for the auction have been truly remarkable. Anna loved to plan parties, build up traditions and arrange special events; not for herself, but to see her friends and family having fun," he said. Even near the end of her life, when a charity arranged a theatre trip for us, she was thinking of others. In a letter to thank them she wrote, 'I really enjoyed seeing my family enjoying themselves and seeing them smile.'"
Ed now has a portrait in the National Gallery
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The art is a little different than the oil painting of the Thinking Out Loud singer that was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery by Belfast based artist Colin Davidson. Speaking about the portrait, Colin said: "When painting a portrait I am looking for the moment when the person is almost unaware of me being there and I feel I got it with Ed. It has been a true privilege to get to know Ed and his family. It is my hope that this new portrait offers an alternative insight, one which allows the viewer to glimpse the source of Ed’s unique creativity."