20 March 2015

Panel 3 of the Amanda Triptych

I'm finally finishing this little series with the 3rd panel of the Amanda Triptych.  This panel took a while to finish because of those downcast eyes...very challenging.  The perspective is complicated.  For guidance, I looked to works by Michael Borremans and Jordan Sokol.  They both seem to favor downcast eyes.

Amanda Triptych (panel 3) 11x14", oil on board

For context, here are all 3 panels together, as they will eventually hang.

Amanda (triptych) 14" x 33" oil on board

...and a brief progression.  As you can see, a fair amount of adjusting was required to reach that final likeness.


As I painted the 3rd panel, I was thinking about this portrait of Rembrandt from the National Gallery of Art, attributed to an artist in his workshop.  I did a master copy of this several years back and that experience came back when I needed it.  Beautiful image.

Portrait of Rembrandt, Rembrandt workshop artist, 1650

13 March 2015

Panel 2 of the Amanda Triptych

Here is the second panel of the triptych portrait of my daughter, Amanda.  First panel was posted last week.  I'm trying not to screw things up by getting too tight here. So sad to have a beautiful expressive passage ruined by that last unnecessary brushstroke.  It's about knowing when to leave well-enough alone, which I am gradually learning to do.

Amanda Triptych (panel 2) 11x14", oil on board

Here is a progression.  I struggled to get a good likeness, as you can see by comparing the first and third panels.  The challenge of portrait art...it needs to look like a particular person. This painting still needs work, but I need to move on to other things.  I'm finishing up the third panel which I will post soon.


And on a related topic, I love this video about Slomo, a San Diego resident who gave up conventional success to follow his passion.  Something most artists can relate to.  I found the video over on Bryce Liston's blog.  Worth a few minutes of your time.  It's uplifting with some serious good advice.