I finally purchased a painting from Jeff Watts, a gifted teacher and the founder of our school. The first meeting of each painting class at Watts is usually an instructor demonstration and lecture. This piece is the demo Jeff painted for a class I'm taking this term called "Portraits in Oil: Exploring Different Lighting". There's something about it I find transcendent.
Jeff has an expressive style and uses lots of paint. It's hard to see from this photo, but the strokes are fresh and juicy, and except for the lights, the passages have a colorful, transparent quality. Beautiful.
|Sacha oil on linen, 16 x 12|
Jeff completed this sketch from life in 2 hours. Here is a brief YouTube clip showing his handling of a similar oil sketch. Worth a viewing if you are interested in the alla prima method.