Finally! I’m going to start catching up on posting these portraits. I’m not going to post all of them in one day. I’ll just post a few at a time so that by the end of the month I will be caught up and you won’t have to view eighteen different pieces at one time.
This first painting was actually inspired by a painting by Henry Clive, an artist who painted during the 20s and into the 50s. Here is the original painting by him:
And here is my version:
This exercise was actually part of the online art class I’ve been taking. I’m slowly learning how to shade a face and this was a great exercise for that. I really loved the movement in the piece and I wanted to keep it less realistic than the original painting.
This next painting I wanted to do a different kind of portrait. I had a really great vision of an ornate scarf. I still have a ways to go in finishing this painting, but the face is pretty much finished (at least I’ve exhausted my current ability for painting faces). I’d like to put more detail into her hair and into the scarf in coming days.
Next I have a smaller picture that is also still a work in progress:
In person, that green background is a bit more saturated…I have plans to add flowers around her in the background similar to this painting.
I’d really love to be able to paint a more realistic eye. I need to work on thin lines for creating lashes and such…and I her eyes aren’t very even…she looks like she is wincing…but hey. I do like how she is turning out.
My favorite colors these days are light pinks, light greens, and any neutral. And of course I’m obsessed with my cat so Monk pops up in a lot of my art. This girl will be going up in my shop very soon.
And last, I have a different kind of face:
I’ve finally gotten around to painting this girl I sculpted a while back. She is made out of creative paperclay, which is basically a grown up version of playdough. It air dries and is so wonderful to work with. I don’t like smooth finishes or perfect lines, so I’ve enjoyed using it.
I didn’t get a great picture of the face, but I did paint it so I say it counts as a portrait! I wanted to give her an antique/worn look so I put a wash of brown over her and played around with some white paint too. I’m not quite satisfied with her, but when I am she will go in my store too!
Thank you so much for keeping up with me as I’ve been practicing. A good friend asked me, not too long ago, why I like painting people. I told her, I think it is the inner bibliophile/writer coming to surface. I love character. Even more, I love relatable characters. When I paint a portrait, I have a specific character in mind; I come up with a story for him/her and I hope that the way I paint them invites the observer into their story…to empathize with them, or to see part of yourself in them. Isn’t that what we do with all characters? And besides, painting a portrait takes far less time than writing a novel.
Happy hump day! Hope the rest of the week is smooth sailing for all of you.
Much love and thanks,