I'm doing a series of portrait sketches to practice the never-ending skills required to master the art of oil painting. I'm giving myself 6 hours to complete each painting...once the timer goes off I put down the brushes and walk away. It's good training. Creates a sense of urgency. I need time limits so I don't overwork the painting, which is my tendency.
The first oil sketch in this series is a portrait of my lovely mother. It practically painted itself, which confirms that familiarity helps when trying to capture a good likeness. This was painted from a photo onto 16 x 12" linen board.
Here is the hourly progression........
Philip de Laszlo in the early 20th century, and is used by many artists today (eg. Schmid). It has a fresh, spontaneous feel and leaves something to the viewer's imagination.
I showed my mother the final painting and she liked it. I learned a lot, too. Success.