20 March 2012

3-Hour Portraits in Oil


For figurative artists, painting portraits and figures from life is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak.  If you can paint (or draw) a portrait from life in a 3-hour class environment, you can probably do it much better in the quiet, unhurried serenity of your studio.  And these timed sessions teach you to see form, edge, temperature, and color much more clearly, too.  Very valuable, fundamental classes. 

The paintings below are from life classes at the Watts Atelier.  I'm gearing up to start again in April.  It's seat-of-the-pants painting...very fun.  Highly recommended.


Sabrina, 12 x 9" Oil on linen


E and his portrait.  E is a student at Watts who substituted for an absent model. I didn't get a good shot of the painting, but you get the idea.  Thank you, E.  12 x 9" Oil on linen


JJ, 12 x 9" Oil on linen


Brianna, 9 x 12" Oil on linen


Male model in orange and blue, 12 x 9" Oil on linen


Iggy, 12 x 9", Oil on linen

Added Note:  My painting "King of the Road" was voted into the final round of Brain Neher's online contest, You Be The Judge.  Thanks to everyone who voted for The King and I.  I'll be asking for more votes when the final round comes up in a few weeks.  Don't let me down.


10 comments:

  1. these are brilliant, Candace, seat-of-the -pants or not!!! I especially like the portrait of Sabrina.

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    1. Thanks, Studio. Sabrina is a pro. That pose (sideways glance) is actually hard to hold for a long time, but makes an interesting portrait. No substitute for good modelling. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Candace, I get a sense of the subject - each study has sense of a mindset and energy, - I really like this in your portraits....interesting no subject makes eye contact....

    You can find most often at http://pennlight.blogspot.com/

    (blackberry shots of Penn Station and related commuting pics...)

    Warm regards.

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    1. Try it again...

      John, I'm happy to find your PennLight.blogspot.com blog. I like viewing well composed candids...I find them inspiring and thought-provoking. Best regards, Candace

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  3. all beautiful! woooooohooooooo!

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  4. really like brianna and iggy. great work.
    Congrats on the selection. Good luck in the final round!

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  5. As always. Beautifully done work

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  6. Outstanding work on all but Iggy is my fave. What a great face and beautiful skin tones!

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    1. Hi, Gwen. Good choice. Iggy seems very gentle, but has this kinda fierce looking thing going on. Great model. Thanks for your nice comments :o)

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  7. Love the freshness and the attack in these. Your eye is unerring.

    So pleased you got into the final round of the contest - deservedly so.

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