Thursday, April 19, 2018

Study: Red-Haired Model (Oil Portrait)

Today my portrait painting class started up again. I never learned the model's name, but her coppery red hair and distinctive features were a joy to paint.

Monday, April 09, 2018

Lindsay At the Beach (12 x 16 Oil Painting)

My subject today was a young woman with dramatic coloring and lovely features.

I worked from a photo taken at the beach last summer, and wanted to paint a fresher and bolder portrait than the studies I've worked on lately. Unfortunately, by 'jumping right in' without carefully placing her features, the proportions are off and so is the likeness:(

Her teeth were a challenge. I need to re-paint them!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Diana - Portrait in oil, 24" x 30"

Diana is a gorgeous young woman, with beautiful features and a regal bearing. She modeled for Andrew Lattimore's life painting class, and even with 5 weeks to paint her, I wasn't able to do her justice.

After the fact, I'm noticing that I didn't render her profile accurately ... I'd like another chance, so I hope she models for us again!

Little Green Apples (12" x 12" OIl Painting)

I grabbed a few green apples on my way out the door to my class -- ate one, and painted the remaining 3.

Apples are simple shapes, and fun to paint -- a good exercise.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Walkin' the Dogs - 12" x 12" Oil Painting

I've done a complementary underpainting with pastels, but somehow I missed the memo that this could also be done with oils.

So today, I was glad that instructor David Fox suggested I tone the canvas a BOLD color ... the orange peaks through and unifies the whole painting.

And since I love city scenes, David suggested that I check out artist Tim Fozenlogan. His work is a real inspiration.

Finally, David suggested I use more paint, instead of being so careful in my application. Next time:)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Claire's Portrait (study in oil)

Sometimes the oil painting portrait gods are smiling, and today was one of those days! I achieved a fair likeness of our model, and felt good about the process.

Afterwards, instructor Ismael Checo offered some new advice: instead of starting with gray-er colors and intensifying them, start with bolder colors and mute as needed. Worth a try!

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Spooky subjects (dolls, mannequins, killer clowns ...)

This study of window mannequins was fun to paint. But while I was attracted by the bright spring colors and simple shapes, I never anticipated my family's reaction!

Apparently they look like scary zombies from the apocolypse -- not my intent!  Back to painting kittens and puppies ...

NYC subway study (16" x 20" Oil Painting)

My goal is to learn to paint fast, loose, and bold, and Patti Mollica's book is inspiring me.

On that note, in my class today, instructor David Fox advised me to use bigger brushes, more paint, and 'just go for it'.

There's a lot I'd like to change about this study -- proportions, colors -- but it was completed in one session and at least it wasn't overworked.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Mari's Portrait (study in oil)

Today's challenge: capture this lovely model in 2.5 hours.

Re: composition, I wish that I placed her a little to the right, not dead center. I guess the key is to move things around early, when it's easy to make changes.

Mari had cooler (and richer) colors in the shadow planes of her face, and more variety in her skin tone overall. And her lips drove me crazy ...

But ultimately, the likeness was pretty good. Next time!