05 November 2018

New Portrait - Beauty and the Beast

First let me do my pitch...I'm always looking for portrait commissions.  It's what I do.  Please contact me if you are interested in commissioning a painting or drawing.  I work with clients near and far.  View examples of my work at my website or on my Instagram feed.

On to the post-


Beauty and Beast, oil on linen, 24x18"

This is a labor of love, a portrait of my daughter and her cat.  I aimed to create an intimate feeling  by filling the picture plane with the figures, making them feel close, and through the direct eye contact of the viewer and both subjects.

I relied on contrasts to add interest and encourage the viewer to linger and take another look. Examples of contrast are the textures of the smooth sheet vs. rough carpet, the warm/cool color pairs in the carpet vs. sofa, in her warm hair vs. cool highlights, in the warm setting vs. cool figures and in warm shadows vs cool lit areas.  I also tried to create a little mystery by losing edges between the forms of the 2 focal figures.




I'm including a progression to show the painting stages.  Please click on the label "progression" at right to learn more about my process from previous posts.

And finally, here it is framed.  The right frame always kicks it up a notch.  What do you think?

Beauty and her Beast, framed


30 August 2018

More Charcoal and White Chalk Portrait Drawings

Hello, I'm back with a few more recent portrait drawings.

The first was drawn from a photo as a preliminary sketch for a portrait painting.  I usually don't like toothy smiles, but this is for a posthumous portrait and the smile fits this sitters personality.  She was an avid gardener, and the painting will convey the joy she got from getting dirt under her fingernails.

The second was drawn from life during a 2-hour session.  I draw from life as often as possible to keep my skills up.  The work suffers over time if everything is painted from photos. 

Daisy in the Garden, charcoal and chalk on toned paper, 9 x 11"


Ellie (from life), charcoal and chalk on paper, 9x11"

11 August 2018

Some New Portrait Drawings

Here are some recent drawings I created as studies for upcoming portrait paintings.  This is a classic technique that produces beautiful results.  The paper tone stands in for middle values, the white chalk represents the lights and the charcoal creates the darks.

I like to work a portrait up in stages.  During the preliminary drawing, I get to know the sitter's face, and solve most of the issues I will encounter before the paint comes out.  At the completion of the commission clients may chose to purchase the preliminary sketch, too.  A little add-on.

Of course, some clients prefer a drawn portrait rather than a painted one, that's also an option.

The studies below were drawn from photos using vine charcoal, charcoal pencil, Pan Pastel and white chalk on Canson pastel paper.

Your comments are welcome.  DM me for more information if you are interested in commissioning a portrait, painted or drawn.

Lynn (study), 9x12"

Amanda in Black (study), 9x12"