03 April 2018

Commission: Miss Cora

It's always nice to type that word "commission", and I'm always looking for them.  Please contact me if you are interested in commissioning a portrait painting or drawing.  I work with clients near and far.  View examples of my work at my website or on my Instagram feed.

Portrait of Cora, 11x14", oil on board

I get to use that word in today's post.  This is a commission of 1-year-old Cora.  She's got lots of energy, but I caught her in a peaceful moment.  A little angel baby.  This was a fun painting.  Instead of a lot of planning and a monochrome underpainting, I just launched into a charcoal drawing on a Golden neutral 6 acrylic-toned and gessoed board.

Progression from charcoal drawing to finish

I include a progression here for your interest.  If you have any questions about my process, post them in the comments and I will answer.

Framed Cora

Finally, the clients chose a gold-leafed frame.  A nice contrast to the cool blue background.

07 March 2018

New Instagram Page and Some Wet Paint

Before I begin today's post, I am inviting all my blog followers to join me on Instagram.

I will keep posting to this blog, so don't go away.  Some ideas are best expressed in blog form.  But I like the simple, visual format of Instagram, and I will be posting different content over there.  It's a good combination.

Hope to see you on Instagram!


On to today's post...a recent portrait of my mother.  For this piece, I liked the challenge of expressing her advanced age in a way that shows her beauty, too.  The beauty in the truth.  If you are interested, I previously described my portrait painting process here

Believer, 12x16", oil on board

One big mistake I made on this painting...I used a cheap support, an acrylic-gessoed, textured board. I thought it would be good to experiment with new surfaces.  The cheap fake-textured board didn't allow me to control my brushwork and edges.  I almost stopped halfway through, but that's not my style, so I pushed on.

I still learned a lot from this painting, so all is not lost.  There are a few things about it I think are working.  I like the visual depth of the image.  I'm happy with her hair and clothes.  But at the end of the day, I couldn't control those edges, especially on her face.

Here is a progression, from the underpainting in raw umber to the finished panel.

And finally, the framed painting.  Always looks better in a frame.  Okay, peace out.  On to the next portrait.

Framed Mom.