Saturday, January 3, 2009
6 X 8 inch Oil Painting on Raymar linen panel.
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.