Saturday, January 3, 2009

Mystery Man



6 X 8 inch Oil Painting on Raymar linen panel.
NFS

This painting is for the Different Strokes From Different Folks blog that Karin Jurick created. She asked all of us to send in a photograph of ourselves and then she emailed each of us another artists picture to paint. The man pictured here has my photo. I won’t find out who he is until he sends in my portrait and Karin posts it on her blog. I can’t wait to see what he does with my picture!

This is the first portrait I’ve ever painted. I’ve drawn a lot of models in figure classes but I’ve never painted a person until now. Honestly, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to pull it off. I drew 3 sketches of this man along with several studies of his eyes, nose, mouth and goatee just so that I would have a good understanding of the forms. Richard Schmid’s portraits were at the back of my mind as well (there’s nothing like setting the bar impossibly high for yourself). While I’m light years behind Schmid, I’m pleased with this one. A year ago I don’t think I could have pulled it off but I do feel that, with the skills I have today, this turned out nicely.

23 comments:

Sheila said...

Thanks for visiting me and my rookie blog! Now that you've posted your painting, I'm even more impressed because of the small format you used. And no, it was not a piece of cake because I usually don't use color LOL. I love your style and I am looking forward to seeing more of your fabulous work. HUGS!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

First portrait?...you should be very proud. Congratulations!

Ana Tirolese said...

You did a fabulous job for a first portrait. Of course, I don't know what the photo looked like, but I would bet you are not far off the mark. Good for you for venturing into new things.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

It is amazing to me that this is your first painted portrait. You did a SUPER job! Very concise strokes that express a lot. I'm impressed! Keep doing portraits, you're good!

dominique eichi said...

You did a great job very nice painterly brush. I;m sure he's going to be trilled with it.

Bear Chick said...

Looks like you did a great job! Will you post a link when the final pictures are on her blog?

Kathleen said...

Nice job!

Tom Pohlman said...

Hi Kim- His name is John Bosser...(no, not really) but he is a dead-ringer for a copy writer I used to work with, right down to his salt n' pepper goatee! Very nice.

TheresaJ said...

Wow, Kim. I too am totally impressed. It has such a real quality to it and just feels like someone I know.

I do hope you post links to some of the others in the portrait exchange -- especially yours!

Bravo!

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Fabulous Kim. I think you should be painting portraits on a regular basis. It really has a nice loose real feeling about it. Very painterly.

Marian Fortunati said...

I can't believe that this is your FIRST portrait!! You really pulled it off and I'm sure the guy will love it!
Good for you....
I was too chicken to try.... but it is sure fun seeing the great job everyone did with their portraits!

John Vander Stelt said...

Great job. Congratulations!

Alan said...

Neat idea, and looks like a good job. Hope to see you on the 7th to play the Picture Puzzle.
Alan

Alan said...

Neat idea, and looks like a good job. Hope to see you on the 7th to play the Picture Puzzle.
Alan

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Great Job! Looks like you are already onto a 'style' of your own. And why not model after schmid? Might as well favor a master!

Alexandre Jay said...

Your first painted portrait? That's awesome work! I love the idea of swopping photos and painting someone else, too.

Vern Schwarz said...

Wow, you and Marilyn King, except she has twice as much experience at portraits...ha. This is such a strong painting. I congratulate you.

alex schaefer said...

i like your bold strokes! the more you paint the better you paint! I could show you a thing or two. what would you pay for a still life or nude painting demo at the Hive gallery? I'd like to organize some teaching there...

Bill Gavin said...

Kim-- nice direct painting...a first, great!

Carol Feldman said...

Kim, thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. I really admire your paintings. I think now you should have the confidence for portraits, too!

Pete said...

Now that you've had a successful first portrait, is another one in the future?

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank God...someone else thinks Richard Schmid when they paint!! This is a fantastic first portrait!!
More!!

Deborah Ross said...

I can't believe this is your first portrait! You did a great job. Love your brushwork.