Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Fruit and Brass

Fruit and Brass 16 x 20 acrylic on stretched canvas  SOLD
This 16 x 20 acrylic painting is larger than many of my still life pieces, but I did enjoy having a bit more elbow room. There is a bit of glare on the lower left of this final photo.  The shots of the painting in progress show this section to greater advantage. It's also evident as the painting progresses whether I was working in daylight or evening/artificial light.












Thursday, December 15, 2016

Portrait of Walter


Walter 20 x 16 acrylic on stretched canvas SOLD
This 20x16 acrylic portrait on stretched canvas is a commissioned piece. As with all commissions, I've delayed posting until it was picked up by the client -- a dear friend who was very pleased with it, I'm happy to say!

The portrait of Walter was done using several photo references. Fortunately, I know the subject and could judge which elements of each photo accurately reflected both his personality and his likeness. In the best photos, however, the subject was wearing the type of eyeglasses that automatically darken in outdoor light. In order to more clearly see his eyes through the lenses, I had to create an overexposed black and white computer print.

Here are some progress shots ...

Initial sketch

Beginning fleshtones

Various source photos - note B&W print on left

Moving on to the shirt

Almost done

Subtle adjustments and transitions

Done and signed



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Monica

Monica 14 x 11 acrylic on gessoboard  SOLD
Monica was a very special commission -- a posthumous portrait of a lovely vibrant woman. Her devoted friend, who is also my dear friend, is giving this portrait to Monica's daughter. Friends are indeed life's treasures.

Here are some photos of the portrait in progress:

Preliminary drawing

Begin skintones

Detail

Start of hair

Begin background

Overall adjustments

Finished 14 x 11 acrylic on gessoboard